Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
The propaganda value of Polanski’s The Ghost Writer is obvious at first glance. One need only consider the film’s official synopsis:
When a successful British ghost writer, The Ghost, agrees to complete the memoirs of former British Prime Minister Adam Lang, his agent assures him it’s the opportunity of a lifetime. But the project seems doomed from the start — not least because his predecessor on the project, Lang’s long-term aide, died in an unfortunate accident. The Ghost flies out to work on the project, in the middle of winter, to an oceanfront house on an island off the U.S. Eastern seaboard. But the day after he arrives, a former British cabinet minister accuses Lang of authorizing the illegal seizure of suspected terrorists and handing them over for torture by the CIA – a war crime. … As The Ghost works, he begins to uncover clues suggesting his predecessor may have stumbled on a dark secret linking Lang to the CIA — and that somehow this information is hidden in the manuscript he left behind. Was Lang in the service of the American intelligence agency while he was prime minister? And was The Ghost’s predecessor murdered because of the appalling truth he uncovered?
The Ghost Writer is presently opening in cinemas all across Europe. It has thus far had only a limited release in the USA. As virtually all the advance publicity for the film in the European media makes clear, any apparent resemblances between Pierce Brosnan’s “Adam Lang” and a certain living former British prime minister are entirely intended.
Contrary to a popular misconception, Germany was not merely part of the self-styled “axis of peace” that opposed the Iraq War. Under then Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, Germany — not France — led the opposition to the war.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Analysis: Does the confluence of three seemingly coincidental events across four German cities represent a refreshing pocket of pro-Israel support?
The removal of a longstanding anti-Semitic “Wailing Wall” exhibit in front of the Cologne Cathedral, the decision by government-funded foundations to uninvite anti-Israel academic Norman Finkelstein from speaking in Berlin and Munich and the resignation of a Frankfurt imam who participated in a pro-Iran rally calling for Israel’s destruction.Does the confluence of three seemingly coincidental events across four German cities in February represent a refreshing pocket of pro-Israel support?According to critics, Walter Herrmann, a hard-core hater of Israel, mounted a permanent anti-Semitic exhibit entitled “Cologne Wailing Wall” five years ago on the bustling, pedestrian-filled cathedral square in Cologne, attacking the Jewish state with inflammatory language, cartoons and photographs. One cartoon (picture) shows a man sporting a Star of David on his bib as he devours a young Palestinian boy with an fork draped in an American flag and a knife with the word “Gaza.” A glass filled with blood stands next to to his dinner plate.“If that [cartoon] is not incitement to hatred, Paragraph 130 of the German criminal code can be abolished,” Gerd Buurmann told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday. He filed a criminal complaint against Herrmann for violating Paragraph 130, an anti-hate-crime law that bars incitement against minority groups. The complaint apparently led Cologne authorities to shut down the exhibit.Buurmann, who serves as director of the Severins Burg Theater, said Herrmann propagates “a radical expression that Jews are not welcome in Cologne.” He termed Herrmann’s exhibit “anti-Semitic” because it shows Israel “in the tradition of the National Socialists,” adding that the cartoon recalls the anti-Jewish propaganda of the Nazi Der Stürmer newspaper.The Cologne City Council and the mayor have over the years largely remained passive and tolerated the anti-Jewish and anti-Israel exhibit. With the exceptions of a small anti-fascist group called Mad Cologne, Buurmann and the Jewish community, the overwhelming majority of citizens in Cologne have either remained indifferent to the anti-Israel spectacle in the heart of their city or expressed satisfaction with vitriol against the Jewish state. According to Herrmann, roughly 100,000 people have signed his petition supporting the political content of his exhibit.Meanwhile, Norman Finkelstein announced on Sunday that he plans to cancel a series of anti-Israel lectures in Germany. After foundations affiliated with the Green Party, the Left Party, and the Amerika House pulled the plug on their support for his talk, Finkelstein capitulated. When asked about the organizations’ decision to discontinue their aid, Alex Feuerherdt , a journalist and keen observer of German-Israeli relations, told the Post it remains unclear “whether that is progress.” He argued that the foundations initially invited Finkelstein.“Anti-semitism is not an opinion but a crime,” said Feuerherdt, adding that the Left Party’s Rosa Luxemburg Foundation maintains that Finkelstein’s anti-Semitic theses form the basis for an ongoing discussion.However, the Finkelstein dispute is child’s play compared to the EU’s reaction to Israel and Iran. Feuerherdt criticized Germany and the EU for promoting dialogue with a murderous regime in Teheran while at the same time seeking to curtail diplomatic relations with Israel because of the reported involvement of the Mossad in the killing of Hamas operative Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.There is a bitter irony when the EU, which conducts approximately €14.1 billion worth of annual trade with Iran, threatens not to upgrade Israel’s EU diplomatic status for possible complicity in the death of al-Mabhouh, a murderer and smuggler of Iranian arms destined for Hamas to be used to kill Israelis.Iran’s call to obliterate Israel spilled over into the Frankfurt mosque Hazrat-Fatima. Public pressure forced the anti-Israel imam Sabahaddin Türkyilmaz to resign his post because he participated in an Al-Quds Day march, which Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini established in 1979 to purge Jerusalem of Israel’s presence.While there was a growing awareness among politicians in Frankfrut that Türyilmaz, who insists he has the backing of his community, is spreading modern anti-Semitism, huge gaps in knowledge about combating new forms of anti-Semitism still remain.The controversial director of the Berlin Center for Research on Anti-Semitism, Wolfgang Benz, told the Frankfurter Rundschau that the sacking of the imam was justified as a result of the Holocaust and Germany’s responsibility toward Israel’s right to exist.
What Benz fails to see is that the resignation was justified because the imam spreads anti-Semitism. According to Benz’s bizarre logic, it seems he might entertain the idea of not supporting Israel’s right to exist if the Holocaust had not taken place.Critics view many of the academics at the Berlin Center and Benz as intellectual lightweights because they largely ignore modern anti-Semitism – bias and hatred of Israel – while remaining preoccupied with antiquated forms of anti-Semitism that represent no overriding threat to Jews and Israelis.While many observers argue the “special relationship” between Germany and Israel is chiefly a government-driven project that finds only scattered support within civilian population, a breathtaking series – by German standards – of mainly non-Jewish initiatives is confronting expressions of hatred against Israel.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Although banned in Germany, Blue Max has a cult following among neo-Nazis and the gig in Croatia, where Nazis are adored by many young Croatians, was to headline them along with a local Croatian “swastika-lickers called Strong Survive” or The SS. Video of the SS song called San (dream) is also available on the YouTube and is filled with Croatian Nazi imagery that follow the singer’s shouting about the ancestor dreams etc…
Incidentally, to avoid having the Nazi stuff delisted from various search engines, the word Nazi is spelled as “nutsi” or a variation thereof.
Anyway, the 3 young jailed Croatians are part of the Croatian Nazi organization called Hrvatski Nacionalisti (Croatian Nationalists) whose web site, http://www.hrvatskinacionalisti.org/, appears to have been blocked although a view of it can be gotten via Google cache.
The website pays tribute to various Nazi sympathizers, pays anniversary to various Croatian Ustasha WWII offensives while Hitler’s allies, and on a more modern tone, promotes the fashion look for the “holiness of Aryan blood”.
The Hrvatski Nacionalisti movement is completed with their own YouTube channel. Below is a group of some of the Croatian Nationalist members.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
The members of the German homegrown terrorist group known as the Sauerland Cell are currently on trial in Düsseldorf, accused of plotting to bomb American targets in Germany. Now it has been revealed that the wife of the alleged ringleader has been arrested on suspicion of supporting a foreign terrorist group.
The woman, who has not been named, was one of three suspected terrorism supporters who were arrested in Germany on Saturday. The 28-year-old woman and the two men, aged 20 and 31, are accused of having assisted the foreign terrorist group called the Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), federal prosecutors in Karlsruhe announced on Monday.
The vice chairman of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Dieter Graumann, warns of increasing antisemitism among Muslim immigrants. Especially among youth of Arab origins it's 'frightfully high', says Graumann in the latest edition of the German magazine 'Focus'. There's no point in denying it or in sidestepping the issue.It's particularly the Muslim communities who would be served by curbing the anti-Jewish sentiments among Muslims, according to Graumann. Although their representatives make official statements against antisemitism, they don't do enough among their own people."If they'll make more of an effort, the Muslim communities would win much more credibility," according to the vice chairman of the Central Council of Jews in Germany.
Monday, February 22, 2010
One of the most successful and critically acclaimed wartime movie was on the Balkans, the former Yugoslavia, on the resistance movement headed by Draza Mihailovich. Chetniks! The Fighting Guerrillas was both a box office and critical success. Chicago Mayor Edward J. Kelly made a public appearance for the movie in April, 1943 and The Ink Spots and Lucky Millinder performed on stage before it was shown in theaters.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
BERLIN - Remember the late British Jewish actor Marty Feldman's role in the 1974 comedy film Young Frankenstein? He plays Dr. Frankenstein's hunchback assistant Igor and moves his hump from shoulder to shoulder to deliberately perplex his boss.The controversial American Jewish political scientist Norman Finkelstein's attempt to secure locations last week in Munich and Berlin to deliver anti-Israel lectures recalls Feldman's shifting hump.Finkelstein, whose scheduled talk "One year after the invasion of the Israeli army in Gaza and the responsibility of the German government in the starvation of the Palestinian population" generated protests and cancellations last week, resulting, like Igor's hump, in a perpetual shift of venue. Initially, he was scheduled to speak in the Trinitatis evangelical church in Berlin, with organizational and financial support from the political foundations of the Green Party, Left Party, German-Palestinian organizations, and a fringe group of anti-Zionist Jews.Finkelstein was denied entry to Israel in 2008 because of his pro-Hizbullah solidarity activity in Lebanon. According to a February New York Times review of a documentary on Finkelstein, he waved a banner during a protest against the First Lebanon War in 1982, urging "Israeli Nazis" to "stop the Holocaust in Lebanon."The Heinrich Böll Foundation, affiliated with the Green Party, pulled the plug on its involvement and said in a statement: "We regret our decision... and because of careless, insufficient research we made a fiercely bad decision. Finkelstein's behavior and his theses take place, in our view, not within the framework of justified criticism."
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Two years have passed since the Albanian provisional government in the occupied Serbian province of Kosovo declared independence, and was quickly recognized by the Empire and its clients. The powers that have invoked the specter of Munich 1938 to justify their aggressive interventions in the Balkans had engaged in a little Munich of their own.
Kosovo was occupied by NATO in June 1999, following a 78-day air war against what was then the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (composed of Serbia and Montenegro). The occupation was formally sanctioned by the UN Security Council resolution 1244, which was never fully adhered to by neither NATO nor the UN mission in the province (UNMIK). Even though 1244 guaranteed Serbia’s territorial integrity in language that clearly precluded the province’s separation without Belgrade’s consent, supporters and sponsors of ethnic Albanian separatists in the West would advocate precisely that for years. Following the 2004 pogrom of Serbs, described by one observer as a repeat of Kristallnacht, their agenda was finally adopted by official Washington.
Friday, February 19, 2010
The continuing Bosnian irony where Zuhair was arrested for killing one American and not for killing many Serbs as part of the Bosnian Muslim El-Mujahid soldier is fully looped with the decision by the Saudis to exonerate Zuhair for any murders he’s done.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
When Israeli President Shimon Peres indirectly referenced the Iranian threat and the need to stop the Islamic Republic’s drive to go nuclear during his speech on Holocaust Remembrance Day to the German Parliament, Wagenknecht and fellow German Left Party members Christine Buchholz, Heike Hänsel and Sevim Dagdelen refused to participate in a standing ovation. They justified their protest because Peres warned about the dangers of the Iranian regime and because he participated in Israel’s self-defense wars.
The debate has been raging for weeks in the major German media about whether anti-Semitism can be compared with Islamophobia. Advocates of the parallel see a mirror image of hate. Wolfgang Benz, the controversial Director of the Berlin Center for Research on Anti-Semitism , ignited the debate in early January , and argues that "The fury of the new enemies of Islam parallels the older rage of anti-Semites against the Jews." Benz's credibility has taken a beating, however, after it was disclosed in late January that he honored his Nazi doctoral supervisor, an energetic ideologue of the Hitler movement.
Yet the affinity for the anti-Semitism-equals-Islamophobia equation still has a devoted mainstream following. On the other hand, critics of the parallel see a playing down
of lethal anti-Semitism, a marginalization of the Holocaust, and an excuse to justify radical Islamic terror. The debate carries enormous currency in this country, largely because Germany employed eliminationist anti-Semitism to obliterate European Jewry. The marriage between anti-Semitism and Islamophobia is part of a larger trend of obfuscation. As was previously argued by Professor Dovid Katz in the Guardian the efforts to conflate the Holocaust—the end result of revolutionary anti-Semitism—with the former Soviet Union's occupation of Eastern Europe, is a form of historical obfuscationBenz and his journalistic fans fail to see that their defense of Islamophobia insulates political Islam against sharp criticism and creates political obfuscation. The term Islamophobia" emerged from the Islamic Republic of Iran following the revolution in 1979 and was introduced as a response to international criticism of such practices as the forcing of women to wear headscarves, persecution of gays and other violators of "Islamic morality."By lumping anti-Semitism with Islamophobia, the proponents have put the issue of their motivation in the public eye. The Israeli psychoanalyst Zvi Rex neatly captured the state of post-Holocaust anti-Semitism with his sharp sarcasm: “The Germans will never forgive the Jews for Auschwitz.” That helps to explain the drive to water down the crimes of the Shoah by pooh-poohing the murderous nature of anti-Semitism.
Switzerland ’s ultra-right People’s Party stated that minaret was a symbol of Islamisation of the country. The construction of minarets in the European nation was banned as a result of the referendum.
Let’s get back to Germany. The town of Volklingen with its 40,000-strong population is a special place on the map of the country. Muslims, presumably the Turks, make a third of the town’s population. The mosque was built there a long time ago, but it raises concerns with many people.
Rightist organizations of Germany share the views of Switzerland’s ultra-right activists, who believe that minaret symbolizes the Muslim aspiration to power.
Spokespeople for leftist political organizations claim that a prohibition will trigger massive protests. A local priest said that minaret was not a symbol of opposition between two cultures. Quite on the contrary, it represented peaceful integration of Muslims into the German society, the priest said.
An opinion poll conducted among the local population showed that the adversaries of minarets outnumber their supporters. Thus, it is not ruled out that a small town in Germany’s Saar will become the first place on the map of the European Union where the construction of such religious objects is officially prohibited (Switzerland is not a member of the European Union).
The story in Saar may echo in other regions of Germany. The Muslim population of Germany makes up over 4 million people; Turks make two-thirds of the number. Arabs, Kurds, Muslim Bosnians and Albanians have large communities in the country.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
The German opposition seems particularly ironic — and the reasons given for it ring particularly hollow — in light of the German government’s recent decision to purchase stolen Swiss bank data in the name of fighting tax evasion. (See my Pajamas Media report here.)
The German opposition is particularly troubling in light of the fact that several of the terror plots cited in the Bruguière report are known to have had a connection to Germany. This is the case not only for the “Sauerland cell” plot, but also for the foiled UK-based transatlantic airliner plot, and the 2002 Bali bombings. The presumed al-Qaeda financier of the Bali bombings, Reda Seyam, remains, to this day, a free man in Germany. (On Seyam, see my article in Policy Review magazine here.) As recently discussed by Stefan Frank on Pajamas Media here, the al-Qaeda financier Mamoun Darkazanli likewise remains a free man in Germany.
Members of the Bundesrat wants tough jail sentences for individuals found guilty of female genital mutilation.The upper house has decided that the practice should constitute a specific legal crime under German law.Under current legislation, genital mutilation is merely classed as aggravated assault with a maximum prison sentence of six months. The Bundesrat now wants to raise that to a minimum of two years.Thousands of women in Germany, most of them immigrants, have suffered genital mutilation, which is still an active ritual in some parts of Africa and, to a lesser extent, Asia and Latin America. High numbers of victims meant that Germany had to take action said the justice minister for the state of Hesse, Joerg-Uwe Hahn."The victims suffer all their lives from the physical and psychological effects of female genital mutilation," Hahn said.The women's rights organization Terres des Femmes says some 20,000 cases of genital mutilation are known in Europe, with between 4,000 and 5,000 of these in Germany.If written into law, the rules would also allow German prosecutors to punish genital mutilation abroad where the victim is a resident in Germany."The respect for foreign culture cannot mean that we here in Germany will allow physical and emotional injury to go unpunished," Hein said.The Bundesrat has also repeated its commitment to make the arranging of forced marriages a criminal offense. The Bundestag has failed to make a decision on the issue in the past.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
The network among ethnic Albanian clans, maintained by ancient codes of cruel vendettas, spans the world and equally involves unknown local Albanian clansman as well as the Albanian nobility and the pretender to ...
Monday, February 15, 2010
Oye, what’s happening here?
Völklingens conservative mayor Klaus Lorig, contrary to other parties who will never speak up about these issues, comes out in support of his citizens. They don’t want a minaret for the mosque (pictured is the planned mosque roof with minaret in a computer animation), although the enlightened progressives from Die WELT tell us its “only a tiny little decorative rocket launcher”, (Ziertürmchen) from which the Muezzin will never call.
An additional note: Völklingen is a rather impoverished area. The coal mines are long closed and no new industries are emerging. There is no reason for the mostly Turkish Mohammedans in this area to remain. Obviously scrounging off German welfare is preferable to them to going back to Turkey. A repatriation program is long overdue.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
The famous Osho Ashram, frequented by foreigners, is also located in the vicinity of the blast site. US terror suspect David Headley is believed to have stayed at the Ashram during his visit to the city.
“It’s most probably a terror attack. We are sending a forensic team of CBI and personnel of National Investigative Agency (NIA)”, Union Home Secretary Gopal Krishna Pillai said in New Delhi.
Official sources said an Improvised Explosive Device was used to trigger the blast….
Many young Israeli’s travel around India after military service. There have been frequent warnings about an imminent attack on places that cater to them. The place of this attack is Poona, (spelled Puna) in this article, near the ashram where Rajneesh ‘Baghwan’ used to fleece mostly devoted German losers (or should I call them seekers of enlightenment?) in the seventies. Looks like India has a lot of dirty work to do to sort out the jihadists from their midst.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
The new Nazi Bosnian Pride Movement (Bosanski pokret nacionalnog ponosa) believes that Serbs and Croats have no right to the state and that the state belongs exclusively to Bosnian Muslims, aka Bosniaks. The Pride’s insignia is pictured on the left.
The Nazi Bosnian Pride Movement has expanded its enemy list from their WWII predecessors, the Handzar Division and the Young Muslims.
As their enemies, Nazi Bosnian Pride Movement includes the usual ones they were exterminating in WWII – Jews, Gypsies and Serbs – but have expand the list to include Chetniks, Tito, communists, homosexuals, blacks and Croatian separatists.
The group plans to spread nazi leaflets very soon in the cities of Sarajevo, Zenica, Bihac, Tuzla and Mostar, all cities with substantial Muslim and Croat population that will find the message appealing.
The group’s a notoriously slow to load web site, bosnacenter.com, serves up a blank page but with little googling their moderated chat room appears with postings on Zionism, Serb Republic, Truth and 5 questions for perspective members.
One can also sport some of their multimedia courtesy of the YouTube.
Friday, February 12, 2010
“With infidels we are never at peace, instead we signed a cease fire,” said Imam Bosnic in his spiritual teaching published via hs web site http://www.n-um.com/.
The web site is ran by Bosnian Muslims from Sweden.
In this same audio, Imam Bosnic condemns recent arrests of Wahhabis in Bosnian village of Gornja Maoca calling the raid “xenophobia” that was ordered by the power brokers in the “homosexual” town of Berlin.
“There are more martyrs today then during the war,” said Bosnian in that spiritual teaching and urged more Bosnian Muslims to become shahids, or martyrs in the cause of Islam.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Last month, the Domestic Affairs Committee of the German Bundestag announced that it will hold inquiries into an alleged CIA plan to kill Mamoun Darkazanli (Picture), a German-Syrian resident of Hamburg. The German federal prosecutor’s office is reportedly likewise considering opening an investigation into the matter.
The moves were prompted by a Vanity Fair profile of Erik Prince, the founder and chairman of the private military contractor Blackwater. It is mentioned in passing in the article that the company, at one point, received a commission from the CIA to track Darkazanli and possibly to kill him. The supposed plan, however, was never carried out due to a “lack of political will.” “Frankly, I’m speechless,” Darkazanli told the popular German tabloid Bild. “That’s a contract for murder.”
There are numerous reasons to treat the report with caution: among others, the fact that the only source given for it is anonymous. Nonetheless, when the story first began making the rounds in early January, politicians from all of Germany’s major political parties reacted with outrage. Since, however, there is nothing to discuss but an unsubstantiated claim, the Bundestag’s inquiries can be expected to end quickly and without any notable result.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Der Rechtsstaat. The term is a favorite of German politicians and editorialists — especially when it comes to bashing the USA and measures taken by the USA in its war with Islamic terror organizations. Literally, it means the “state of law” or “legal state.” But the closest common English expression would be rather the “rule of law.” According to the virtually unanimous opinion of the German political and chattering classes, the United States is supposed to have betrayed the Rechtsstaat and its principles by, for example, establishing the Guantánamo Bay prison camp and refusing to offer foreign terror suspects access to civilian courts and their due process protections. Never mind that war is by definition the absence of law in the ordinary sense of the term and hence necessarily involves extra-legal measures. It is indeed precisely for this reason that there are a special set of so-called “laws and customs of war” to regulate its conduct among civilized nations. Never mind that America’s enemies in its current war make no pretense to respecting even the latter.
But now we know — in case there was ever any doubt — that the whole German hue and cry about the Rechtsstaat was never serious anyway. Thus, last week, the German government announced that, in the name of combating tax evasion, it was going to purchase personal account data stolen from Swiss banks. German authorities will reportedly pay the data thief some €2.5 million. The purchase will be made by the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia, with the federal government’s blessing. With the help of the stolen data, authorities hope to be able to recover up to €400 million in lost tax revenues according to the latest estimates. (The latter have been notably inflated by a factor of four as compared to the initial reports.)
Germany is thereby not only fomenting crime abroad. As it so happens, paragraph 259 of Germany’s own criminal code prohibits the purchase of stolen goods. It is specified that in order for it to count as criminal, the purpose of the purchase must be the “enrichment” of the purchaser or a third party. But arguably this condition is in fact fulfilled in the present case, as the widely cited monetary cost-benefit analysis of the purchase makes clear.
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Bosnia was in the headlines again this week. On Monday, police from both the Serb Republic and the Muslim-Croat Federation raided a Wahhabi village in the north of the country. And on Tuesday, U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair spoke of Bosnia as one of the "principal challenges to stability in Europe" in 2010.
While Blair’s description of the conditions in Bosnia was more or less accurate, he never explained why Bosnia’s inner turmoil is considered a threat to Europe (much less the U.S.). It wouldn’t be the first time Washington or Brussels got Bosnia wrong, of course, but the way Blair’s remarks were reported is nothing short of scandalous. Same can be said about reports of Monday’s raid.
Monday, February 08, 2010
By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
Just when the murderous lessons of political Islam—from the numerous terror attacks to "honor killings" and hate preachers—were thought to be inculcated into Germany's media, a wide swath of journalists and academics suffered a collective relapse into appeasement.
Commentators ranging from the conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) to the left-liberal Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) and the liberal weekly Die Zeit recently identified not radical Islam but its critics as the real problem. They are "our holy warriors," (Claudius Seidl in the FAZ) "our preachers of hate" (Thomas Steinfeld in the SZ) who represent "enlightened fundamentalism" (Thomas Assheuer in Die Zeit).
The specific targets of this vitriol are Necla Kelek, a German-Turkish sociologist and author, Henryk M. Broder, a Polish-born Jew and Der Spiegel columnist, and Seyran Ates, a German-Turkish lawyer and author who has been subjected to death threats because of her legal activities opposing honor killings and forced marriages among Muslims. The Kelek-Broder-Ates troika employs a lively and confrontational verbal posture to jolt German society out of its complacency vis-a-vis the Islamist threat. In their writings, the three "holy warriors" show little patience for political correctness and demand that Europe's Muslims accept liberal society's views on gender equality, free speech and religious freedom. Instead of cultural relativism, the three believe Western culture embodies universal rights and values that cannot be withheld from the peoples of the Muslim world.
For the custodians of Germany's cultural pages that's too much (Western) cultural confidence. Mr Steinfeld from the SZ went as far as to pooh pooh the recent murder attempt against Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard by a 28-year-old Somali with links to the Islamist al-Shabab militia as another bogus excuse to pounce on Islam: "All we need is for something to happen, a failed attack, for example, like the one at the beginning of the month, and the debate will start all over again, with the same arguments-no, what's being offered there are not arguments, but slogans." It is as if the Somali's radical Islamic ideology, which animated his plan to murder Mr. Westergaard, was non-existent.
The assault on the three Islam-critical authors is par for the course for a media that also excels in playing down the Iranian threat while bashing Israel. Take Katajun Amirpur, a German-Iranian academic of Islam who frequently writes for the SZ. In 2008, she wrote a widely read essay in the SZ rejecting the standard translation of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's statement that "Israel must be wiped off the map." Ms. Amirpur argued inconceivably that the Iranian President merely meant "The occupation regime must become history." One of the only voices of dissent who confronted Ms. Amirpur's distortion and her attempt to deny that the Islamic Republic threatened Israel with another Holocaust was Henryk M. Broder.
In January, the SZ sought another academic crutch to shield radical Islam from criticism. In a story headlined "Anti-Semites and Enemies of Islam—Incitement With Parallels," Wolfgang Benz, the controversial Director of the Berlin Center for Research on Anti-Semitism, claims to see eerie similarities between Islamophobia and anti-Semitism. Instead of shining light on the growing anti-Semitism among Islamists, Mr. Benz draws hysterical comparisons between legitimate criticism of radical Islam and the sort of Jew-hatred that has led to genocide. That the head of Germany's only federally funded anti-Semitism research institute would thus belittle the Holocaust became particularly suspect after it was disclosed in late January that Mr. Benz has repeatedly honored his deceased doctoral supervisor Karl Bosl, who was a committed Nazi and energetic ideologue of the Hitler movement.
Mr. Benz, by the way, has a history of rationalizing the violence of political Islam against the West. A few days after 19 Islamic terrorists brought down the Twin Towers, Mr. Benz said the buildings "are symbols of pride and wealth and arrogance...And that provokes the drastic and dramatic reactions and the martial reactions."
Where "Islamophobia" is compared with anti-Semitism, it's only a small step to compare Israelis with Nazis. Patrick Bahners, the editor of the FAZ arts sections, for example, defended in 2008 critics of Israel who liken the West Bank security barrier with the Warsaw Ghetto. According to the European Union, such comparisons are manifestations of modern anti-Semitism. Mr. Bahners countered that "this comparison cannot be eliminated by forbidding speech or insults," somehow missing the point. The question is not whether his speech should be censored but whether it constitutes anti-Semitism. The problem is that such views are not just held among Germany's cultural elite. A 2004 Bielefeld University survey showed that 51% of Germans believe Israel's treatment of the Palestinians "is essentially no different from what the Nazis did to the Jews."
Sunday, February 07, 2010
In Turkey—a country which was nearly accepted as a member by the European Union—a father and grandfather recently buried Medine Memi, a sixteen-year-old girl, alive—and all because she was seen talking to boys. Medine was repeatedly beaten. The police did not help her. When the men buried her she was “alive and fully conscious.”
This savage, heartless, primitive act is the ultimate, logical consequence of burying women alive—shrouding them–while they still roam the earth. One becomes claustrophobic under the burqa, until one gets used to being seen as a ghost, invisible, non-human, dead.
Saturday, February 06, 2010
Kosovo obtained part independence when America and many European nations gave the go ahead for the creation of this new nation. However, it is clear that things are not plain sailing because many other nations did ...
Friday, February 05, 2010
The 37-year-old Ebtisam M., a mom of four, was beheaded in Kerpen-Horrem (in Northrhein-Westphalia, Germany). Her children (6, 11, 14 and 16 years old) found the body in a pool of blood. In addition, the fingers were cut off the victim. Judging according to the Arabic name of the victim, it deals possibly with an “honor” beheading with amputation.
District Attorney Alf Willwacher, however, wishes to render “no commentary regarding the kind of injuries.” The Cologne Homicide Commission is still groping in the dark in their search for the brutal murderer, even though the 41-year-old husband, S., was coincidentally found cleaning out the apartment, and then he was picked up by a friend: “He is considered a witness, not a suspect.” There is still no suspect, and the weapon still hasn’t been found either.
Thursday, February 04, 2010
Vienna: NO SUPPORT FOR THE IRANIAN REGIME! Protest rally against the celebrations for the 31st anniversary of the "Islamic Revolution" in Iran
In front of the residence of the Iranian ambassador to Vienna, Lainzer Strasse 28, 1130 Vienna (Tram 60)
On February 11th, the Iranian regime celebrates the 31st anniversary of the "Islamic Revolution". As each year the Iranian regime will use that day to celebrate itself – also in Vienna. On February 10th, the Iranian ambassador will host an official reception at his residence. In our opinion, however, there is nothing to celebrate on this day apart from 31 years of resistance against this inhuman regime. 31 years of the "Islamic Republic" mean 31 years of internal and external terror: Persecution of unionists, of national and religious minorities, of student activists, homosexuals, women and oppositionists. Tens of thousands have been killed; millions have been forced into exile. "Death to Israel" has been a core slogan of the regime for 31 years, not just since president Ahmadinjead took office in 2005. And today, the regime is just about to develop nuclear and missile programs to carry out these threats. The Iranian regime denies the Holocaust and brutally cracks down on the freedom movement in the country. In fear of renewed protests at the anniversary of the Islamic revolution, the rulers in Tehran started executing opposition figures to intimidate the people who – at the risk of their lives - are currently engaged in a revolt against the regime. We clearly want answers: Will Austrian diplomats participate in the regime’s reception? Will representatives of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce and Austrian entrepreneurs raise glasses together with the regime’s henchmen to ensure a continued successful cooperation? Will Austrian politicians serve as a willing decoration for the regime’s self-promotion? We demand the support of all forces in Iran and in exile who fight for individual freedom, gender equality and for a secular constitutional state. And we demand to cease all supportive measures for the Iranian regime:
- the suspension of diplomatic ties- tough and immediate economic sanctions against the regime
- the inclusion of the Revolutionary Guards in the EU terror list
Organizer: STOP THE BOMB (http://www.stopthebomb.net/)Supported by: Democratic party of of Kurdistan Iran, Liberal Forum, Aktion gegen den Antisemitismus in Österreich, Vereinigung kurdischer Frauen in Wien, Verein der Demokratischen StudentInnen aus Iranisch Kurdistan, ZPC der B'nai B'rith, etc.
German Prosecutor:The accused have damaged Islam. They have given new nourishment to the reservations held against the world’s second largest religion
How so, mister prosecutor?
The prosecutor, like many non-Muslim officials before him, took it upon himself to defend something he clearly knows nothing about — Islam.
The prosecutor continued, adding that “few people shared their fundamentalist Wahabi views….”
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Monday, February 01, 2010
Serbian president Boris Tadic, normally all too willing to put up with abuse from Zagreb, had little choice but allow official criticism of Mesic’s statement, and snub Josipovic’s inauguration. Though organized political opposition to his rule is feeble to nonexistent, his approval ratings are low. His surprise proposal to adopt a parliamentary resolution condemning the "genocide" in Srebrenica looks likely to further deplete Tadic’s political capital. It is unclear why Tadic, usually obsessed with his public image, would embark on an adventure that would score him no political points. His explanation that "policies of recognizing the suffering of others and respecting the victims of others can gain credibility on the international scene" (B92) rings hollow. For almost a decade, Serbia has wallowed in self-abasement and issued apologies for the suffering actually or allegedly caused by Serbs. It did nothing to lessen the demonization of Serbs, both in the West and in the immediate neighborhood, nor did anyone else issue similar apologies for the suffering of Serbs. In fact, everyone has taken Serb groveling as vindication of their own policies, from Croatia’s Mesic and the Muslims of Bosnia, to Washington, Brussels, and the KLA in Kosovo.
Serbian media have quoted several European officials — notably Jelko Kacin and Doris Pack — who not only strongly endorsed the Srebrenica resolution, but also dismissed the demands of several Serbian parties to include the condemnation of crimes against the Serbs, whether in the same resolution or separately. Could it be that the resolution is being pushed not because of Tadic’s sense of morality, but to please the EU and NATO?
The power of history and tradition were enduring in Spalato, a port city which became a part of Yugoslavia after the war, as Split. The palace of Roman Emperor Diocletian, completed in 305 AD, still stood after 1,700 years. Originally a Greek colony, Spalato became part of the Roman Empire. After 476 AD, the city became part of Byzantium, the Eastern Roman Empire. During the medieval period, the Republic of Venice gained control of the city. From 1806 to 1813, the city was under Napoleonic control, then was ceded to Austria, becoming a part of Austria-Hungary. Spalato had been a part of Dalmatia, a province that was a separate administrative unit, the Kingdom of Dalmatia. After World War II, Spalato became a part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, which became Yugoslavia in 1929. In May, 1941, the city was annexed to Italy after the Axis invasion, occupation, and dismemberment of Yugoslavia. After the surrender of Italy in September, 1943, the Germany Army re-occupied the city and placed it under the control of the Ustasha NDH regime. German forces had evacuated the city by October 26, 1944.
The novel is a study of wartime occupation and resistance. The people of Spalato, the largest city on the Dalmatian coast, accepted the Italian and German occupation of the city. The people resorted to stoicism and spiritualism. . A character in the novel, Professor Vukov, who teaches at the Spalato Academy, noted: “In a thousand years of history, a generation is a fleeting moment.”