Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Revived Questions about Huma Abedin

By Matthew Vadum

Republican lawmakers are probing why Hillary Clinton’s longtime Islamist aide Huma Abedin was allowed to work at the State Department under a special, part-time status while simultaneously working at a politically-connected consulting firm.
Demands for information are coming from Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) after the public learned both women used Clinton’s private Internet server and email accounts for Department of State correspondence.
But that’s only part of the endless sleaze and intrigue surrounding Clinton.
The media has also reported that Sidney Blumenthal, the Clinton administration damage-control expert known for his relentless attacks on Clinton family enemies and for being the father of Israel-hating pseudo-journalist Max Blumenthal, was apparently doing freelance work for Mrs. Clinton. Clinton tried to hire the elder Blumenthal at State but the Obama White House nixed the appointment because of Blumenthal’s aggressively slimy attacks on Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign.
After Blumenthal’s email was hacked in 2013, it was revealed that “starting weeks before” the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, “Blumenthal supplied intelligence” to then-Secretary Clinton that was “gathered by a secret network that included a former CIA clandestine service officer.”
Reports got some of the details wrong, according to the Wall Street Journal‘s James Taranto.
“The reporters asked the most obvious question and got a partial answer: ‘A Clinton spokesman told Gawker and ProPublica . . . that she has turned over’—meaning to the State Department—’all the emails Blumenthal sent to [Mrs.] Clinton,'” he writes.
That is incorrect, Taranto notes. “[I]n reality she turned over no emails, only printouts,” which are of limited value as evidence.
Meanwhile, as evidence continues to accumulate that Clinton’s cavalier approach to state secrets put U.S. national security in jeopardy, the shady background of Abedin, who has known ties to the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood, is barely acknowledged on Capitol Hill.
Instead of examining Abedin’s disturbing family ties that make her employment by the U.S. government a threat to national security, Grassley is honing in on the sweetheart arrangement that allowed the operative to get on the public payroll while raking in money from private consulting.
Well, it’s a start, at least.
Grassley complains that many previous requests to the Department of State for information have gone unanswered, so now he is sending requests to the agency’s inspector general and to Clinton’s successor, Secretary of State John Kerry.
It was about two years ago that Grassley demanded information about Abedin after she moved from being a full-time deputy chief of staff for Clinton to part-time status and then began working at Teneo, a politically connected consulting firm that claims to bring “together the disciplines of government and public affairs.”
In a July 2013 letter the State Department indicated Abedin was employed full-time from January 2009 to June 2012. It also indicated she did not disclose outside employment when ending her full-time status. The department kept her on as an adviser-expert, apparently at the hourly rate of $74.51 with maximum pay of $155,500 per year.
“A number of conflict-of-interest concerns arise when a government employee is simultaneously being paid by a private company, especially when that company (is) Teneo,” Grassley wrote in a March 19 letter to Kerry.
Grassley asked in the letter “what steps the department took to ensure that … Abedin’s outside employment with a political-intelligence and corporate-advisory firm did not conflict with her simultaneous employment at the State Department.”
“She converted from a full-time employee … with seemingly little difference in her job description or responsibilities,” he wrote. In essence Abedin retained the same job and was later hired by Teneo and the Clinton Global Initiative.
“It is unclear what special knowledge or skills Ms. Abedin possessed that the government could not have easily obtained otherwise from regular government employees,” Grassley wrote.
Grassley’s questions also come after the House Benghazi Select Committee learned that the former secretary of state deleted all the emails investigators were interesting in looking at.
On Friday, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, said in a statement, “We learned today, from her attorney, Secretary [Hillary] Clinton unilaterally decided to wipe her server clean and permanently delete all emails from her personal server.”
Destroying the electronic correspondence could be a federal crime since the documents were under congressional subpoena. As Byron York writes in the Washington Examiner,
“There’s no doubt Clinton withheld information that Congress demanded she turn over, and some Republicans believe the documents she destroyed were covered under a subpoena as well. But a look at the story behind the subpoena and other document requests from congressional Benghazi investigators is a tale of obstruction, delay and frustration that underscores the limits of Congress’ power to investigate Benghazi. Clinton and her aides had the means to make life very difficult for Republicans trying to learn the full story of the attacks in Libya, and they did just that.”
Disturbingly, Republicans have yet to focus on Abedin’s ties to the world of Islamic terrorism.
Born in 1976 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Abedin’s connections to the Muslim Brotherhood run deep. (She is also reportedly just as haughty and unpleasant to deal with as Clinton herself.)
Her mother is Saleha Mahmood Abedin, widow of the late Zyed Abedin, an academic who taught at Saudi Arabia’s prestigious King Abdulaziz University in the early 1970s. The year after Huma was born, Mrs. Abedin received a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.
In 1978 the Abedins moved to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Abdullah Omar Naseef, then-vice president of Abdulaziz University, hired Mr. Abedin, a former colleague of his at the university, to work for the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs (IMMA), a Saudi-based Islamic think tank Naseef was then in the process of establishing. Mr. and Mrs. Abedin became members of the editorial board of IMMA’s publication, the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs. According to Andrew C. McCarthy, IMMA’s “Muslim Minority Affairs” agenda is “to grow an unassimilated, aggressive population of Islamic supremacists who will gradually but dramatically alter the character of the West.”
Naseef himself was a Muslim extremist with ties to al-Qaeda. In 1983 he became secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL), a militant organization with links to Osama bin Laden. Mrs. Abedin became an official representative of MWL in the 1990s. When her husband died in 1994, Mrs. Abedin became the IMMA’s director. She currently serves as editor-in-chief of its journal.
Mrs. Abedin is also a member of the board of the International Islamic Council for Dawa and Relief (IICDR), which has long been banned in Israel because it has ties to Hamas. (In Arabic, dawah, or dawa, means the proselytizing or preaching of Islam.) She also runs the Amman, Jordan-based International Islamic Committee for Woman and Child (IICWC), a Muslim World League affiliate that self-identifies as part of the IICDR. The league, according to McCarthy, “has long been the Muslim Brotherhood’s principal vehicle for the international propagation of Islamic supremacist ideology.” IICWC promotes strict Sharia Law and advocates the rescission of Egyptian laws that forbid female genital mutilation, child marriage, and marital rape.
Mrs. Abedin is a founding member of the Muslim Sisterhood, a pro-Sharia organization consisting of the wives of some of the highest-ranking leaders in the Muslim Brotherhood. Egyptian opposition newspaper Al-Liwa Al-Arabi has reported that Muslim Sisterhood members: “smuggle secret documents”; “spread the Brotherhood’s ideology by infiltrating universities, schools and homes”; “fulfill the interests of the Brotherhood”; and “organiz[e] projects which will penetrate [the Brotherhood’s] prohibited ideology into the decision-making in the West … under the guise of ‘general needs of women.’” Nagla Ali Mahmoud, wife of Mohammed Morsi, the Islamist who was elected president of Egypt in June 2012, is a member of the Muslim Sisterhood.
When Huma Abedin returned to the U.S. and was an intern in the Clinton White House between 1997 and some time in 1999, she was a member of the executive board of George Washington University’s radical Muslim Students Association (MSA). The MSA had extensive ties to al-Qaeda.
From 1996 to 2008, Abedin was employed by IMMA as assistant editor of its Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs.
Her brother, Hassan Abedin, an associate editor at the journal, was at one time a fellow at the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies. During his fellowship, the Center’s board included such Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated figures as Yusuf al-Qaradawi and Abdullah Omar Naseef. Huma’s sister, Heba Abedin, is an assistant editor with the journal.
Someone with Abedin’s background shouldn’t be anywhere near the levers of power in Washington.
Yet Hillary Clinton trusted her with vital secrets of state and then erased their electronic correspondence.
What are these two women hiding?

Purple Flags Over the White Cliffs of Dover As Farage attacks Cameron’s Record on Immigration

By Donna Rachel Edmunds 

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has attacked David Cameron’s record on immigration, saying that the Conservative Prime Minister had been “wilfully dishonest” when he pledged to cap immigration to the tens of thousands. Speaking on the beach beneath the white cliffs of Dover – “Dover being the gateway to England” – Mr Farage said that the subject of immigration got “right to the heart” of public disillusionment with politics, as “it is all about trust”.
Mr Farage continued: “Five years ago David Cameron said that he would reduce immigration into Britain back to 1990s levels, i.e. tens of thousands a year, not hundreds of thousands a year.” He said that although the British people could understand that circumstances change, there was a “specific problem with that promise”, which is that Cameron was being “wilfully dishonest because he knew the truth that you cannot have an immigration policy; you can’t set targets at all; you can’t attempt to control who comes into Britain all the while you’re members of the European Union.”
Mr Farage was standing before a new billboard poster, released by UKIP today, which depicts three escalators riding up the white cliffs. A banner headline reads: “Immigration is three times higher than the Tories promised”.
The advert plays on a previous advert released by UKIP during the European elections last May, which showed almost the same image but with only one escalator. UKIP raced to victory in that election taking 26.6 percent of the vote, whilst the Conservatives were beaten into third place.
UKIP have made immigration a central pillar of their general election campaign, with Mr Farage telling the assembled press that there was a “deep level of discomfort” among the residents of “every eastern (England) town.” He said the free movement of people from the EU had been good only “if you’re an agri business or good if you’re rich”.
UKIP would like to see immigration levels return to what Mr Farage called “normality” of around 30,000 net influx each year. Mr Cameron promised to cut net immigration to below 100,000 when he came to power, but the most recent official figures show that net migration reached 280,000 people in the year to last September, higher than when Mr Cameron made his fateful promise.
Speaking to Breitbart London, Mr Farage said: “Who do you think you are kidding Mr Cameron? In the last five years the Prime Minister has asked the British electorate to trust him on tackling immigration. But he’s totally deceived the public by promising something that he knew he could never deliver.”

Belgium: Petrol bombs found in building next to the Great Synagogue in Brussels

Monde Juif reports:

The Conservatory is the
building on the left.

After students detected the smell of petrol, several petrol bombs were discovered on Monday night in the premises of the Royal Music Conservatory of Brussels which stands next to the Great Synagogue.  The Synagogue is heavily guarded.

Firefighters were called in and evacuated the premises. No one was injured or intoxicated. An investigation was opened.

Joël Rubinfeld, head of the
Belgian League against Antisemitism (LBCA), described the finding as disturbing.  He added that if the incendiary devices were planted there it follows that there was criminal intent.
Mid-January, a fire broke out in an empty wing Conservatory and both buildings, the Conservatory and the Synagogue, were evacuated. 

Last September, the first floor of a synagogue Anderlecht was engulfed in flames.  A fire had already broken out in 2010. 

On May 24, 2014, Mehdi Mehdi Nemmouche, a French jihadist shot four people dead, including a couple of Israelis, at the Jewish Museum in Brussels.

Finland: Center Party candidate says Israel is systematically murdering children, women and the elderly

Via Tundra Tabloids:

Abdirahim Hussein is a candidate for the Keskusta (Center Party).

On his blog he recently wrote as follows:

Israel’s election winner, Benjamin Netanyahu, emphasized during the election Iran’s nuclear program and the Islamist threat. As elections were approaching, he hardened his rhetoric towards the Palestinians. He promised that if he wins the election, that the Palestinians will not be given their own state. The Palestinians have lived under oppression and blockade for decades, and we have for the last few years witnessed brutal actions in which children, women and the elderly having been systematically murdered. This all happened less than a year ago.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Report: Germanwings Co-Pilot Surfed Gay Porn and Suicide Websites Before Crash

By John Hayward 

The picture of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz’ troubled state of mind grows more complex with the revelation, reported by International Business Timesthat investigators have discovered that Lubitz “trawled the dark side of the web visiting, among other things, sites containing gay porn, suicide themes and sexual perversions.” This sheds new light on a seemingly minor detail from early reports: other pilots teased Lubitz by calling him “Tomato Andy” because he worked as a flight attendant before becoming a pilot. According to IBT, this was not merely an insulting reference to the food and beverage duties of a flight attendant; “Tomato” is an anti-gay slur in Germany, “based on the fact that while a tomato is thought to be a vegetable, it is really a fruit.”
The report also says officials discovered a diary in the co-pilot’s Dusseldorf apartment, in which he “wrote of his fears that he would be ‘found out’ and lose his job.” This is evidently a reference to his medical problems, judging by the direct quote from the diary provided by IBT: “I have too much work and I am not able to do my job properly.”
It should be noted that International Business Times appears to be the only English-language source for the information about Lubitz’ web-surfing history, at the time of this writing; other references to the matter all seem to link back to IBT and its source in the Dusseldorf police. As of Monday morning, most other reports seemed confident that Lubitz’ diary had not been found yet. Reports on the co-pilot’s background have been tricky to follow because, outside of major public press conferences from French and German officials, media in the U.S. and Britain are generally relaying translated reports from German publications, which seem to have a variety of different off-the-record sources in various law-enforcement entities.
Other reports have suggested Lubitz was under pressure because a vision-related medical condition may have been on the verge of ending his piloting career, and his girlfriend was pregnant. Dusseldorf University Hospital confirmed that they treated him on March 10, but would not clarify what the treatment was for, beyond saying that it wasn’t related to his depression.
The IBT report also considerably ups the ante on the psychiatric treatment Lubitz was receiving, claiming that a “small mountain” of antidepressant drugs was discovered in his apartment. This would suggest he was either receiving far more extensive treatment than previously revealed, or he was stockpiling his drugs instead of taking them.
New York Daily News relays a report from the French Le Parisien that two men from Lubitz’ flight club say he was “passionate about the Alps, even obsessed,” having flown over them in a glider. If true, this could help explain why he chose this particular flight for a suicide plunge.

The Queen Backs UKIP – Lookalike Confuses Londoners

By Andre Walker 

Shoppers in Bromley, South London, thought they witnessed a rare political act by a reigning Monarch, when a lookalike of HM The Queen was seen handing out UKIP leaflets. To make it all the more confusing Prince Philip’s double was pictured behind her. Their has been no word on whether this is a UKIP stunt or if the lookalike is a genuine UKIP supporter but it certainly sent Twitter mad. Thousands of people retweeted the original picture:
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You Can Bet On It: Nine Million Set To Watch Nigel Farage Win Debate

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Nigel Farage is set to emerge as the winner from the seven-way leaders’ debate on Thursday with 8.9 million viewers tuning in, according to the political spread betting firm Sporting Index. The 2010 debates catapulted Nick Clegg into the national consciousness but the Liberal Democrat leader is expected to finish fourth this time around, behind David Cameron (2nd) and Ed Miliband (3rd). Nicola Sturgeon of the Scottish National Party is predicted to finish 5th, while lesser known Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood will come 6th. The Green Party leader Natalie Bennett is expected to finish last following a run of rather less than impressive interviews on the campaign trail to date.
Sporting Index predict nearly nine million viewers to tune into the debate on ITV, slightly down on the 2010 debate figures.
Ed Fulton, political spokesman for Sporting Index, said: “The campaigning has finally started in earnest and it’s clear that debates, in whatever format, will be a crucial factor for many voters when it comes to marking ballot cards on 7 May.
“With time for each candidate to speak limited by the size of the group, viewers will likely only remember short soundbites. Nigel Farage will certainly come prepared with barbs to needle Cameron and Miliband with and we see him coming top in post-debate snap polling. However, whether his performance will translate into seats come 8 May remains to be seen.”

UN Human Rights Chief Praises ISIS Diversity

By Daniel Greenfield 

ISIS. It’s just so diverse. It has rapists, killers, beheaders and butchers, suicide bombers and sociopaths from all nations and peoples. As long as they’re Muslim. (And if they aren’t, they get raped, killed, beheaded and suicide bombed, not necessarily in that order.)
And we know diversity is a good thing. It’s the only good thing there is in this horrible racist world. So that must mean ISIS is good
 The U.N. human rights chief told the Security Council on Friday that in a “most terrible irony,” the Islamic State group may be more accepting of the ethnic diversity of its members than some states are about ethnic differences among their own citizens.
Zeid Raad al-Hussein, the first human rights chief from the Muslim and Arab worlds, spoke as French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius chaired a special meeting on the abuses in the Middle East on ethnic and religious grounds.
The rights chief, who is from Jordan, did not name any governments in his criticism. He said the Islamic State may be more accepting of ethnic diversity of its members so long as they adhere to the group’s world view, even while the “intricately interwoven social fabric in Syria and Iraq is giving way to the demented obliteration of any difference” from IS ideology.
Diversity in conformity. That sounds like an American college campus. No wonder some campuses have deans and students eager to get on board the ISIS express. But yes it would take an Islamic human rights chief at the UN to praise ISIS diversity.

Voice Recording Reveals Killer Pilot’s Calm Words Moments Before Crash

By Nick Hallett 

Voice recordings on the black box on Germanwings flight 4U9252 have revealed killer co-pilot Andreas Lubitz calmly responded “hopefully” and “we’ll see” when asked by pilot Patrick Sondenheimer whether the plane was ready for landing. Sky News reports that the voice transcript, published by German tabloid Bild, reveals how Lubitz encouraged Sondenheimer to go to the toilet before locking him out of the cockpit and crashing to the plane into the French Alps.
After completing mid-flight checks, Lubitz told the captain: “You can go now”, after Sondenheimer had previously said he had not had time to go the toilet before leaving Barcelona. The captain leaves the cockpit saying: “You can take over”.
However, there is soon a loud bang, possibly from someone trying to enter the cockpit, followed by the captain shouting: “For God’s sake open the door!” There are then repeated bangs, believed to be from a crowbar of axe against the door.
The plane continues descending as an automated warning says: “Terrain, pull up.” The pilot continues shouting: “Open the damn door!”
In the final moments, the aircraft’s right wing clips a mountain while the passengers scream.
French investigators have identified the DNA of 78 of the 150 people on board, but Patrick Touron, deputy director of the French police’s criminal research institute, said that due to the violence of the impact “We haven’t found a single body intact.”
“We have slopes of 40 to 60 degrees, falling rocks, and ground that tends to crumble.
“Some things have to be done by abseiling. Since safety is key, the recovery process is a bit slow, which is a great regret.”
He added: “In catastrophes, normally around 90 percent of identifications are done through dental records.”
German investigators found torn-up sick notes in Lubitz’s flat, one of which covered the date of the crash. The 27-year-old was also said to be concerned his deteriorating vision could see him lose his pilot’s licence and was “living on the edge”.
Over the weekend, the media also named Lubitz’s girlfriend as Kathrin Goldbach, a maths teacher who had told her students she was “going to be a mother”. She is reported to have travelled to the scene of the crash, only to discover that Lubitz had been named as the perpetrator.
Bild reported that they met as teenagers when they worked together in Burger King. They had intended to marry, but Goldbach was looking to end their relationship due to Lubitz’s controlling nature.

UK: Rochdale MP Takes Flak for Flying Pakistani Flag Above Town Hall

It has been a difficult year for Pakistani men in Rochdale and a number of other English cities. Members of the community have been handed significant jail terms for systematically grooming and raping young children over the course of many years. Clearly mindful of the upcoming election and the powerful voting bloc that could see him returned to his seat, present Rochdale member of parliament Simon Danczuk took the opportunity last week to celebrate Pakistan day, enjoying a photocall outside town hall with a number of his constituents. He was apparently even involved in having the Pakistani flag flown atop the magnificent millstone grit Victorian town hall. Proudly he posted a photograph of the event on Twitter:

British Deputy PM: Social Injustice Caused Gaza, its all our fault….

Dumber than dirt. In fact I would like to award John Prescott the much coveted title of A$$hole of the Month:
How can a grown man in his position utter such nonsense?
. isn’t it time we faced up to the fact we’ve played a huge part in making them (Muslims) want to leave Britain and take up arms in a foreign land thousands of miles away?
If I was a young Muslim watching the social injustice in Gaza where 2,000 people died in a matter of weeks from Israeli bombings, the ­displacement of millions of people in Syria and the US using drone missiles to target terrorist suspects but kill ­innocent families, I’m sure I could be radicalised too.

UK: Whatever Happened to that Muslim Brotherhood Review?

By Douglas Murray
The former head of MI6, Richard Dearlove, has described the Muslim Brotherhood as "at heart a terrorist organization."
Officials who are soft on extremism hope that both the extremism strategy and the Muslim Brotherhood review are not merely being kicked into the long grass but will, in fact, never see the light of day.
This is — it must be said — politics at its very worst.The Muslim Brotherhood has wreaked havoc for decades. Its desire to carry our coups and to rule Middle Eastern countries according to the rule of a hardline interpretation of Islamic law is not ancient history — it is very recent history.
Britain has for some years now been the major global hub of for these revolutionaries to fundraise, organize and dip in and out of whenever they are in or out of power.
When countries harbor Britain's enemies, we rightly regard those countries as less than friendly toward us. If Britain fails to publish the Muslim Brotherhood review, it will not just show that the country is unreliable to its friends and even to its own citizens.
What has happened to the British government's "review" into the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in the UK?
The "review" (officials have been careful not to refer to it as an '"inquiry") into the Muslim Brotherhood's "philosophy and values and alleged connections with extremism and violence" was announced by Prime Minister David Cameron almost a year ago. At a press conference, he said that Britain's ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Sir John Jenkins, would lead the review. Explaining the need for such a process, Mr. Cameron said:
"What I think is important about the Muslim Brotherhood is that we understand what this organisation is, what it stands for, what its beliefs are in terms of the path of extremism and violent extremism, what its connections are with other groups, what its presence is here in the United Kingdom. Our policies should be informed by a complete picture of that knowledge."
This is indeed something which is important. So why, a year later, have the findings of this review still not been published?
From the outset the whole process has been subject to considerable public and private criticism, not to say opposition. Those people in the commentariat and political class who are generally uncritical of non-violent extremism (or rather "not violent, here, for the time-being" extremism) protested against conducting the Muslim Brotherhood review from the outset. Last year, for instance, the Financial Times quoted a "senior government figure," saying that the investigation "Cuts against what the FCO has already been doing in this area... It risks turning supporters of a moderate, non-violent organisation that campaigns for democracy into radicals."
This was a particularly revealing statement: it showed that apart from anything else, there were, from the outset, people at the very top of government who think that the Muslim Brotherhood is a harmless, pro-democracy group that is being unfairly and unhelpfully maligned. This is not the view of many experts on Middle Eastern politics. And it is certainly not the view of the former head of MI6, Richard Dearlove, who has described the Muslim Brotherhood as "at heart a terrorist organisation." It also revealed the thinking in at least part of Britain's political class.
There were also complaints from those who saw the review as only having been ordered because it was in fact some type of political or religious sectarian set-up. There were claims that the UK government had only ordered this process at the behest of the Egyptian government – which branded the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group again in 2013, after the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood-run government. Others claimed that the review had been ordered at the behest of the Saudis – a line bolstered by the appointment of Sir John Jenkins.
Despite these objections, Sir John got on with his review. Experts were called in over the course of several months and the review itself was finished some months ago. So why has nobody seen it?
For some time, the stalling has been put down to an issue of "sensitivity." There are allied countries, potentially banks and certain figures in authority in allied countries, who may not come out well from Sir John's review. It is also likely that prominent Muslim Brotherhood figures in the UK have been identified by name. Any and all of these people could have objected to being identified. One rumour in Westminster for some time has been that Muslim Brotherhood leaders, or the organisation as a whole, had considered issuing an injunction against the Prime Minister to prevent the publication of the report. How the Muslim Brotherhood could issue an injunction against a British Prime Minister in the British courts is uncertain, but there are certainly likely to be libel and other issues around.
Of course, these problems are fairly easy to get around by issuing a heavily redacted version of the report while keeping the full version for official use only. Indeed, before the latest stall it was expected that there would be a publication only of a two-page summary of the review's main findings. But now it seems that even this will not be able to be released. So what is going on?
The UK government is running close to the period in which no more releases of potentially political information can be presented from Whitehall. This period, before the election, is generally referred to as "purdah." The UK is about to enter this period, and the Muslim Brotherhood review is not the only document likely to become a victim. The British government has yet to release its new counter-extremism strategy. This long-awaited document was meant to be launched in January, but infighting at the top of the coalition government has delayed it. Credible reports say that the coalition has stalled over the refusal of Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (leader of the Liberal Democrats) to endorse measures which would, among other things, stop extremist preachers and recruiters touring UK universities.
The counter-extremism strategy was meant to be released on the same day as the Muslim Brotherhood review. But now both are about to fall afoul of the pre-election deadline, and thus fall into post-election publication. That, of course, is precisely what Nick Clegg and other officials who are soft on extremism would like. Their hope is that the Conservative Party does not become the largest party after May 5th, so that both the extremism strategy and the Muslim Brotherhood review are not merely being kicked into the long grass but will, in fact, never see the light of day.
This is, it must be said, politics at its very worst. The Muslim Brotherhood has wreaked havoc for decades. Its desire to carry out coups and to rule Middle Eastern countries according to the rule of a hardline interpretation of Islamic law is not ancient history – it is very recent history. Britain has for some years now been the major global hub for these revolutionaries to fundraise, organize and dip in and out of whenever they are in or out of power.
A decent democracy would not behave towards its public, allies and friends like this. When countries harbour Britain's enemies, we rightly regard those countries as less than friendly toward us. If Britain fails to publish the Muslim Brotherhood review, it will not just show that the country is unreliable to its friends and even to its own citizens. It will show that it is outstandingly weak in the face of our society's most obvious enemies.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

UK: Memorial for Soldier Murdered by Islamists

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By Oliver Lane 

Fusilier Lee Rigby, drummer and machine gunner of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers murdered in broad daylight in South-East London by a pair of Islamist terrorists has been honoured in his home town with a bronze memorial. Standing in the Middleton memorial gardens in Greater Manchester, the cast-bronze drum signifying his military duty was unveiled along side a plaque which read simply “In memory of Fusilier Lee James Rigby, 2nd Batallion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, 1987-2013, Forever Loved and Remembered”.
The Daily Mail reports the remarks made at the ceremony, which was attended by Rigby’s family including his widow and son, which were made by Colonel Mike Glover of the Fusiliers. He said: “The afternoon of May 22 2013 Fusilier Lee Rigby, of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, paid the ultimate sacrifice when the horror of the battlefield was brought to the streets of Woolwich.
“That day will forever be embedded in our nation’s history and for many here today it will remain forever in our hearts.
“Lee’s death sent shockwaves around the world, especially in Middleton where Lee had grown up.
“As a nation, as a member of his family, as a friend or a fellow Fusilier it is important we do not forget the sacrifice of Lee and those who served the Crown.
“All too often as time passes we close our eyes, forget the faces, forget the names, forget the stories. But this magnificent memorial will ensure we never forget.”
“On September 1 2014, Lee Rigby was honoured by the nation at a ceremony in Staffordshire where his name was added to the Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum but today it is his hometown, his family, his friends, his fellow Fusiliers, at the site of this memorial can reflect upon the tragic loss of a son, a father, a friend and, above all, a Fusilier.
“We will remember.”
Rigby’s killers, Muslims who heeded the violent call to Jihad of the Islamic Caliphate, were given life sentences after being found guilty in 2014. Michael Adebolajo was sentenced using new stronger sentencing laws which ensure a full-life sentence, while Michael Adebowale was sentenced to a minimum of 45 years.
After attempting to behead Rigby, Adebolajo delivered a lengthy speech to witnesses, which was recorded by a passer-by with a mobile phone. Attempting to justify the murder while his hands were still slick with blood, Adebolajo said: “The only reason we have done this is because Muslims are dying every day. This British soldier is an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth”. As he was sentenced to life imprisonment, he shouted the Islamic war-cry “Allahu Akbar” into the court room.

Sweden’s “Feminist Foreign Policy” Ends w/Apology to Saudi Arabia

By Daniel Greenfield  

Feminism, as usual, ends at the Muslim line.
Saudi Arabia withdrew its envoy earlier this month over Swedish criticism of the monarchy’s treatment of women and dissidents.
Sweden’s government announced a “feminist” foreign policy when it took power in September.
Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstroem criticized policies affecting women, who cannot drive cars and need permission from a male guardian for many decisions.
The response from Arab nations was swift. Wallström’s invitation to address a meeting of the Arab League in Cairo on March 9 was canceled. In protest, Saudi Arabia and the UAE recalled their ambassadors from Sweden. Moreover, Saudi Arabia notified Sweden that it has stopped issuing business visas to Swedish nationals and companies, a move that Sweden fears other Arab states will follow.
Wallström has defended herself from criticism from Arab nations, including the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. The minister contends that her comments of Saudi Arabia’s human rights record was not an attack on Islam.
“We have very many Muslims in Sweden. This government will do everything it can to restore our relationship with the Saudi government,” she said. “We intend to use all our diplomatic tools to ensure that we can restore our bilateral relationship.”
Sweden has apologized for the recent offensive remarks by its foreign minister against the laws of Saudi Arabia and hoped for better relations between the two countries.
In a message to King Salman, Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven expressed “deep sorrow and regret over the current crisis in the relations between the two countries” while stressing his government’s keenness to maintain healthy relations between the two countries.
So much for the feminist foreign policy. Instead it’s best to stick to fake feminism, like attacking the United States or Israel. No need to mention Muslim abuses of women. That’s just Islamophobic.

UK: Tory was member of pro-Nazi Islamic sect that believes Jews control the world and questions the Holocaust

The Daily Mail reports:

The Tory Election candidate exposed for plotting with far-Right extremists to stir up racial hatred is a former member of a fanatical Islamic sect that believes the Nazis were misunderstood and that Jews control the world.
Afzal Amin, who resigned after The Mail on Sunday published undercover recordings of him meeting the English Defence League, joined the Birmingham wing of the Murabitun, a fundamentalist cult which questioned the Holocaust and praised Hitler.
In 1992 when Amin was 18, he left the group, founded by Scottish hippy Ian Dallas, after becoming disillusioned. Two years later, a book crediting him as author Raja Afzal Raza Amin al-Quraishy, was published in which he criticised the Murabitun and called for jihadi warriors to establish a Muslim state in Europe.  Amin says his words were doctored to include the extremist views, which he yesterday described as ‘disgusting’.   More.

Chrstian Icons of Propaganda - Sabeel and Desmond Tutu

By Christine Williams
The troublesome truth is that there is no apartheid in Israel. Israel allows Arabs and Muslims full human and civil rights in all areas of life, including as full members of Israel's Parliament, the Knesset.
To brand Israel as an apartheid state when none of these restrictions exist is not only defamatory propaganda but, according to the black South African Reverend Kenneth Meshoe, trivializes the real suffering of blacks under apartheid.
While Tutu et al discuss Israel the "oppressor," Israel's surrounding enemies seek to obliterate it in accordance with their genocidal charter. Given the silence of Tutu et al on that subject, apparently an agenda of genocide is not seen by them as an injustice.
Tutu also disregards the countless Christians being slaughtered in Muslim states; that black slaves are still being held in Muslim states such as Mauritania; the forcible taking of "infidel" slaves by Boko Haram and ISIS; the racist genocide in Darfur and the 10 million Muslims slaughtered by other Muslims since 1948.
Critics of Sabeel suggest that it actually seems to be a political organization promoting anti-Israel propaganda while driving Church policy toward destroying Israel through BDS.
Why are Desmond Tutu, Sabeel and the anti-Semitic Churches that support BDS so tolerant of the persecution of Christians, global Islamist terrorism, the perpetual threat of Israel's obliteration and the fact that Muslims have driven Christians out of Bethlehem, the very place of Jesus's birth?
These calumnies and misrepresentations have nothing to do with peace and even less to do with justice. They are even more unacceptable coming from church groups or a man of the cloth.
A virulent global campaign by a powerful Christian lobby is trying to influence the Church and use it to delegitimize Israel. The lobbying group is the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, with Nobel Prize Laureate and retired Anglican Bishop Desmond Tutu as its patron.
Tutu not only agreed to serve as Sabeel's patron but also to "assist the Palestinian Christian organization in its outreach and development work with Christian Churches around the world."
On its website, Sabeel refers to Israel in terms such as "oppressor," "occupier," "immoral", a violator of Palestinian human rights and its founder, Naim Ateek, refers to Israel's "crucifixion" of Palestinians:
"It only takes people of insight to see the hundreds of thousands of crosses throughout the land, Palestinian men, women, and children being crucified.... The Israeli government crucifixion system is operating daily."
As a principal agent of the Sabeel lobby, Desmond Tutu's words of indictment reference Israel as the "oppressor."
Tutu knows hate first-hand from South African apartheid, but acutely damages his stature and credibility by unjustly exploiting the tragedy inflicted by the South African regime. He does this in a defamatory propaganda message permeating the Christian Church under liberation theology. He stated outright in an article: "I know firsthand that Israel has created an apartheid reality within its borders and through its occupation. The parallels to my own beloved South Africa are painfully stark indeed." Meanwhile, Israel allows Arabs and Muslims full human rights in all areas of life, including as full members of Israel's Parliament, the Knesset.
Liberation theology is a radical movement that originally developed in South America before making its way to South Africa. The movement was apparently created in response to poverty and ill-treatment of ordinary people. It was caricatured in the phrase, "If Jesus Christ were on Earth today, he would be a Marxist revolutionary."
Liberation theology subsequently became influential in the Churches under South African apartheid. Black theologians, to answer the faith questions of the poor and oppressed, confronted the theology of the Christian status quo, which tended to align with the prevailing institutions of power. Hence, in 1985, the Kairos document was developed, which offered a necessary alternative to biblical and theological models. In essence, the Kairos document focused on the message of liberation theology by encouraging the reading and interpreting of the bible through the eyes of the poor.
To the theologians, the Kairos document was a challenge to the church to rise up against apartheid. The theologians deemed it to be "the moment of grace and opportunity, the favorable time in which God issues a challenge to decisive action." They continued: "If this opportunity is missed, and allowed to pass by, the loss for the Church, for the Gospel and for all the people of South Africa will be immeasurable."
What was once crafted as a just challenge to the Church in 1985 thus became warped into propaganda in 2009, when a new document, the Kairos Palestine , was written. Although based on the same "faith questions of the poor and oppressed" under the South African apartheid regime, this time the Palestinians were presented as the equivalently oppressed.
While Tutu et al discuss Israel the "oppressor," Israel's surrounding enemies seek to obliterate it in accordance with their genocidal charter. Given the silence of Tutu et al on that subject, apparently an agenda of genocide is not seen by them as an injustice.
Continuing to misuse South African black suffering as a launch pad, Tutu has also been forceful in his push for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. He states that BDS helped to achieve South African democracy and that BDS will work toward ending "Israel's decades long occupation of Palestinian territory and the unfair and prejudicial treatment of the Palestinian people by the Israeli government ruling over them" -- despite the fact that Jews have lived in the area for nearly 4,000 years.
Tutu also states: "I have witnessed the systemic humiliation of Palestinian men, women and children by members of the Israeli security forces... their humiliation is familiar to all black South Africans who were corralled and harassed and insulted and assaulted by the security forces of the apartheid government."
The troublesome truth, however, is that there is no apartheid in Israel. Black South African Reverend Kenneth Meshoe, founder and president of the African Christian Democratic Party and member of the South African parliament since 1994, indicates that under apartheid South Africa, blacks could not vote or hold high government positions; the races were strictly segregated at sports arenas, schools, hospitals, public transportation, public washrooms, benches in waiting rooms; and blacks had inferior medical care, hospitals, and education; they were forced to live in separate residential enclaves. Blacks also carried IDs to show their place of residence at all times, or they faced the penalty of being beaten or thrown in jail. In other words, blacks were criminalized for being black and severely restricted by state laws. Further, marriage was also outlawed between different races.
To brand Israel as an apartheid state, when none of these restrictions exist, is not only defamatory propaganda, but, according to Meshoe, trivializes the real suffering of blacks under apartheid. Meshoe has visited Israel many times, and says that he has never seen any evidence of apartheid. In his reference to the purely defensive so-called "apartheid" wall, Meshoe accurately calls it the "security" barrier. "It is the responsibility of every government to assure the safety of its citizens," he says.
While Sabeel states as its mission support of the "oppressed" Palestinians of the "indigenous Church," it never highlights the oppression and abuses of Palestinians by their own leadership, or the leadership of other countries hosting them such as Jordan or Lebanon. Tutu also disregards the abuses by Hamas, which uses its Palestinian citizens as human shields in its wars to obliterate Israel.
As the patron of Sabeel Center, Tutu also disregards the countless Christians being slaughtered in Muslim states; that black slaves are still being held in Muslim states such as Mauritania; the forcible taking of "infidel" slaves and sex slaves by Boko Haram and ISIS; the racist genocide in Darfur and the 10 million Muslims slaughtered by other Muslims since 1948.
Critics of Sabeel suggest suggest that it actually seems to be a political organization promoting anti-Israel propaganda in Christian churches globally, while driving Church policy toward destroying Israel through BDS.
Sabeel also states that, "for many years the Palestinians rejected the establishment of the state of Israel because it was founded on the denial and violation of Palestinian rights." Historically, however, it is the Jews -- then Romans, then Christians, then Arabs then later the Turks -- who lived on that land during nearly 4,000 years. Historically, it has always been the Arabs who rejected all Jewish rights, including, in the last century, their rejection of the UN partition plan. On the day of Israel's founding in 1948, a group of Arab armies invaded Israel. The Palestinians also refused to make even a counter-offer to generous plans set forth by Israeli Prime Ministers Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert, both of which offered 97% of everything the Palestinians were demanding.

According to a brief by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, face-to-face surveys found that most Palestinians in east Jerusalem would prefer to become citizens of Israel rather than citizens of a new Palestinian state.
One must ask, then, why is it that Desmond Tutu, Sabeel and the anti-Semitic churches that support BDS are so tolerant of the persecution of Christians, global Islamist terrorism, the perpetual threat of Israel's obliteration and the fact that Muslims have driven Christians out of Bethlehem, the very place of Jesus's birth?
Bethlehem's Christians accounted for over 85% of the population in 1948, and the number dwindled since then, to 12% in 2006. The disputed territories of the West Bank and Gaza have for years been administered by the Palestinian Authority (PA) and by an elected Hamas. Under these regimes, Christian Arabs have been victims of human rights abuses, including beatings, torture, kidnappings, forced marriages, sexual harassment, intimidation, land thefts, firebombing of churches, denial of employment and economic boycotts.
In addition, PA Leader Mahmoud Abbas has declared about a future Palestinian state: "In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli -- civilian or soldier -- on our lands." And a declaration like that is not considered apartheid?
Friends of Sabeel conferences continue to take place several times annually in major North American cities, where calls for BDS are sounded, and where "overcoming Christian Zionism in a quest for Justice" in "seeking the peace of Jerusalem" is a major theme. These calumnies and misrepresentations of Israel have nothing to do with peace and even less to do with justice. They are even more unacceptable coming from church groups or a man of the cloth.

Sweden: "Jews are leaving Europe in record numbers, and more are thinking about it. I am now one of them."

Annika Hernroth-Rothstein writes @ Mosaic

Malmö: Anti-Israel activists don't 
want to be infected by Zionist bacteria
Time for Swedish Jews to leave? When we ask for guarantees of our safety, we’re met with speeches and calls for patience. This is not living.

They canceled Jewish winter camp. It sounds like a little thing, but in Sweden, where we have very few venues in which to lead our Jewish lives, it means a great deal. Winter camp is a yearly highlight, a place where our children can learn and play with other Jewish children, without worry. This year, they won’t be able to go, and for a simple reason—because it’s not safe.  [...]

Back in the summer of 2013, I read Michel Gurfinkiel’s sweeping essay in Mosaic on the threatened state of European Jewry and was moved to write him a letter. The editors then kindly published it as a response to his analysis. In it I described the particular difficulties and dangers facing a Jew in contemporary Sweden, and announced my intention to stay and fight for the future of Jewish life in the European Diaspora. As the situation in my country worsened, I ended up—as I again reported in Mosaic—filing for asylum in my own country on grounds of religious discrimination. My act was aimed at raising public consciousness and eliciting from my government at least an acknowledgment of reality. But despite the publicity my filing attracted, no such acknowledgment was forthcoming. Nor did my action garner any significant support within the official Jewish community itself; to the contrary, I was not spared ridicule for my alleged hyperbole and fear-mongering.  [...]

As more and more people, including communal leaders, are voicing their anxiety and alarm, and attracting the notice of the media, the sheer intractability of the problem is also emerging, sometimes with startling nakedness. A couple of weeks ago, a major public-radio station interviewed Isaac Bachman, Israel’s ambassador to Stockholm. ‎During the interview he was asked: “Do the Jews themselves have any ‎responsibility for the growing anti-Semitism that we see now?”‎ Naturally, the ambassador was stunned. “I reject the question ‎altogether,” he said. “It’s like asking a woman how she has contributed to the fact ‎that she is being raped. I don’t think there is any provocation on the part of the Jews; they just exist.”  ‎[...]

Rallies, speeches, a solidarity ring around a synagogue as in Oslo: these are no substitute for the actual guarantee and protection of civil rights, for actual inclusivity, for actual religious freedom; they are at best a way of treating symptoms while ignoring the disease. We are being urged to join others in striving for peace and understanding, as if all along we have been striving for something else and need to assume our share of responsibility for the campaign being waged against us. The marches, the one-off visits of dignitaries to synagogues, the solemn frowns of sympathy: all instruct us to be patient and do nothing until we reach the point where there will be nothing left to do.

They canceled the Jewish winter camp, and men with automatic weapons are guarding our schools. Our children will not forget this; fear and hate—their fear, others’ hate—are now somehow coterminous in their minds with the very nature of Jewish life. We European Jews have been here before.

In 2014, immigration to Israel from Western Europe went up by 88 percent over the previous year, corroborating the trend already emerging in the 2013 survey. Jews are leaving Europe in record numbers, and more are thinking about it. I am now one of them. In my first contribution to Mosaic I wrote that I was absolutely determined to stay and fight for a strong Jewish life in the Diaspora. “We want to live,” I said. Today I don’t know what’s next for me, or for Europe. But I know that for my children and for me, this is not living.

Turkey: Is the AKP's "Spell" Reversing?

By Burak Bekdil 

When Turkey's Islamists came together under the roof of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in 2001 and reflagged themselves as conservative democrats, they did not know they would have to get quickly organized for early parliamentary elections in slightly over a year.
They did so, and successfully. But they probably could not imagine that in 14 years time they would have won seven elections -- three parliamentary, three local and one presidential -- in addition to two referendum victories, and are heading for a 10th win on June 7, in less than three months' time.
At the moment, the AKP remains challenged only by a relatively weak opposition, made up from social democrats, nationalists and Kurds. A recent opinion poll, released in March by Gezici Research Company, put AKP's popularity at (a lowest among all polls so far) 39.3%, with the social democrats at 29.6%, nationalists at 17.7% and Kurds at 11%.
These are not comforting numbers for the AKP, but they do not signal disaster. It looks, however, as if the AKP's biggest enemy is the AKP.
After the party's undisputed leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, entrusted his seat as prime minister to [then foreign minister] Ahmet Davutoglu, and ascended to the seat of the presidency last summer, things looked smooth and the party bigwigs looked as united as before.
Then a silent power struggle took off between the president's men and the prime minister's. Insiders speculated about silent cracks. But the cracks would not become public until the last week of March.
A senior government official has reiterated his criticism of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's latest "intervention." On March 20, Erdogan abruptly said that he did not approve the formation of a monitoring committee -- set up by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) -- as part of what is publicly known as the "Kurdish peace process," an effort Erdogan himself launched in 2012 to end the three-decade armed conflict with the country's restive Kurds. It looked like a tiny disagreement. It was not.
In response to the president, his long-time political ally and party heavyweight, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, said that Erdogan's words were "emotional and personal." He added that "the responsibility belongs to the government and we can regard his statements as his personal views." That was a near bombshell in Ankara: This was a first direct criticism and challenge to Erdogan, it came from one of Erdogan's top allies and it signalled a rift between Erdogan and Davutoglu.
On March 22, Arinc said: "We love our president, we know his power and are also aware of the services he will give, but please do not forget that there is a government in this country."
In this remark, the "we-love-our-president" part was cosmetic. The "there-is-a-government-in-this-country" part was a serious challenge to Erdogan. And all hell broke loose. On March 23, the AKP's "civil war" would become even more public.
Ankara's AKP Mayor, Melih Gokcek, a fierce ally of Erdogan, called on Davutoglu to dismiss Arinc. "We don't want you," Gokcek wrote in his Twitter account.
Arinc's reply only raised the stakes in AKP's civil war: A call for his resignation was beyond Gokcek's authority and Gokcek said what he did in order to guarantee his son's parliamentary candidacy on the AKP ticket, because Erdogan still controls the party.
Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc addresses a press conference, following the demand of Ankara's mayor that Arinc resign, March 23, 2015. (Image source: Bugun Haber video screenshot)
No doubt, Erdogan will intervene at some point, and both the president and the prime minister know well that such public warfare between party bigwigs ahead of critical elections will not be good for the party's popularity.
Tensions may seem to have been diffused after some further bickering. But it will not mean that within the party peace will be restored and that everything will be peaches and cream. There is a war. And that war is growing less silent.
A prominent Turkish columnist, known to be very close to the AKP administration, warned that the ongoing infighting could reverse the party's "spell."
In unusual comments, Abdulkadir Selvi, a columnist for Yeni Safak, the AKP's "Pravda," wrote: "The AKP 'has a spell.' Masses preferred the AK Party because it was the symbol of stability. Now this spell is being reversed ... Since it was established on Aug. 14, 2001, the AK Party had never experienced the kind of infighting that it has been doing in the past three months."
The AKP's spell may or may not be reversing. But it is clear that the AKP has grown too powerful in recent years, and that only it can defeat the AKP.

Germany: Turkish football group posts ad urging "Don't buy Jewish insurance"

As it happens, Allianz  Insurance is not-Jewish and had voluntarily partnered with the Nazis starting in the early 1930s.

Via Watch: Antisemitism in Europe:

The Turkish soccer club Türkischer SC Offenbach 1987 e.V. posted an advertisement in Turkish including the slogan "Don't let your money go to the Jewish Allianz insurance company" as the Hessischer Rundfunk reports. The club now dissociates itself from that ad arguing there was nothing antisemitic in it, but they don't want to talk bad about other companies.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Was this co-pilote Andreas Lubitz's favourite song ?

Just nine months before Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz killed himself and 150 people the German Muslim rapper Haftbefehl alias Aykut Anhan published this song:
 This is the translation of an excerpt from the lyrics of this song:
...sitting on the roof and I fly '
While the Holy Spirit thinks, co-pilot, suicide

Pilot of Doomed Germanwings Flight Tried to Smash Cockpit Door with Ax

From the Washington Post:
In a last-ditch attempt to enter the cockpit, the pilot of doomed Germanwings Flight 9525 used an ax to try to break down the reinforced door moments before the plane slammed into the French Alps, reports said Friday.
The accounts added another dramatic and tragic image as Tuesday’s tragedy unfolded: passengers crying out in terror as they realized the plane was on a collision course with the peaks, and the pilot desperately trying to override the apparent lockout measures of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz and regain control of the Airbus A320.
French prosecutors said the cockpit flight recorder was peppered with the sounds of the increasingly frantic banging on the cockpit door. And – as a chilling counterpoint – there was only the subtle sounds of Lubitz breathing after apparently setting the plane on a gradual descent into the mountains of southern France with 150 people aboard.
“Andreas, open that door! Open that door!’” the pilot yelled before reaching for the ax, France’s private television channel Métropole 6 reported, citing French investigators.
Read the rest of the story at the Washington Post.

Father who blamed police for not stopping his daughter joining ISIS, attended 2012 rally led by hate preacher Anjem Choudary and attended by Lee Rigby killer

Sensational footage has emerged showing the father of one of the three schoolgirl 'jihadi brides' at the head of an Islamist rally led by hate preacher Anjem Choudary and attended by Michael Adebowale, the killer of soldier Lee Rigby. The video shows Abase Hussen marching at the front of the demonstrators, behind a banner reading: 'The followers of Mohammed will conquer America'. He was filmed chanting 'Allahu Akbar' amid dozens of protesters and standing just yards away as the American flag is burned.
Earlier this month, Mr Hussen blamed police for placing a 'heavy burden' on his daughter by handing her the letter about their inquiry - and the police apologised. 
Yesterday, a Government report on foreign fighters was released containing testimony from Mr Hussen.
But at no time has he mentioned his own passion for militant Islam or attendance at one of the most notorious rallies of the last few years. 
Hannah Stuart, domestic extremism expert at the Henry Jackson Society, said: 
'We saw Mr Hussen on TV looking very innocent, holding a teddy bear. But he was linked with individuals who espouse an extremist ideology.
'The impression given was that Islamic extremism was an alien world to his daughter. This footage suggests it wasn't.'
Mr Hussen's daughter, Amira Abase, 15, fled the UK with two of her closest friends to join Islamic State last month sparking a national outcry.
Mr Hussen, who is originally from Ethiopia, led public appeals for her return as their families blamed the authorities for failing to stop them.
He addressed MPs at the Home Affairs Select Committee and was filmed appealing for help while clutching his daughter's teddy bear. 
Last night, Scotland Yard said it would examine the footage to see if any criminal offences had been committed.

Germany: 80% of Turkish Muslims claim welfare payments

By Daniel Greenfield

Turks came to Germany as ‘guest workers’. They were supposed to provide some “necessary cheap labor” and then leave. But it didn’t work out that way.
And the topic has obvious implications for our own Gang of 8′s guest worker plan, which is going to lead to non-workers bankrupting the social welfare system even further.
Three million Turks live already in Germany already, while 2.5 million of them have German nationality, and the majority of them are conservative Muslims.
Very few Turks in Germany have a regular job; about 20%. The other 80% live on the so-called Hartz IV (state social benefits). 70% of their children have no GCSE; they left school before they finished their basic education.
According to the German state benefit system, every adult citizen who possesses the German nationality, unemployed and cannot find an appropriate job, is entitled to get monthly 482 € ($627). Additionally, parents get for each child under 18 years old, 200 € ($261), plus all their monthly expenditures in terms of rent, heating, power, health insurance, and public transport.
“Amazingly enough some Turks who live on the generous state benefits can afford to buy a house or an apartment and drive luxurious cars like Mercedes or BMW.” Says Klaus, a landlord whose tenants are a case in point.
That part is easy enough. Just like in the United States, you cash in by having a lot of kids. Bring over a whole bunch of family members, churn out some kids from polygamous marriages (the next frontier in marriage equality) and soon you’re bringing in 10 grand a month)
Kamal (46 years old) and his wife Shadia (42 years old) have ten children under 18 and live on Hartz IV (the German social benefit system). They have a monthly net income of about 3000 €. In addition, all their spending on rent, health care, transport, heating, etc. are paid by the state.
Kamal never worked or had a regular job, never finished school, and never learned a profession. Now he claims that he is “ill.” Klaus, the landlord of Kamal says, “The man is fit.” He even confessed to Klaus that he lies when he says he is ill. “He told me once, ‘Why should I work if I can live well without/’” Klaus quotes Kamal.
Kamal is obliged to regularly report his joblessness to the Federal Employment Office (Bundes Agentur für Arbeit) in his town. He does so when he is invited for a job interview. But he always alleges that he is “sick:” He allegedly has “unbearable pains in his back and joints.” Therefore, he cannot take any job. The only one who knows the truth about Kamal is his landlord Klaus.
Klaus and many other Germans are outraged about Kamal and his like. “It is us, taxpayers who have to finance odd buggers like Kamal. This makes me sick.” Klaus frowns at me.
On the other hand, Kamal’s neighbour, Dieter works for a mail company. For working 8 hours daily, he merely get 800 € ($1000) at the end of the month. From this salary he has got to pay his rent and the rest of his expenditure. Left for him is something around 400 € ($500).
This is much worse than Cyprus. And this will eventually break Germany’s back. Imagine millions of people living this way and reproducing at a much higher rate than the native population and the spending becomes completely unsustainable.
German citizens can enter Turkey with simply showing their personal identity card. Hence German Turks, particularly women, travel to Turkey and come back with a “leased” baby. They get the baby temporarily from relatives and claim at the German border that it is their baby who was recently born in Turkey.
Khaled, a Turk, told me that you can get “a false birth certificate” in Turkey for $10.
Back in Germany, the “new” baby is registered at the town hall administration, and the “mother of the baby” starts getting 200 € ($261) monthly.
And don’t kid yourself. This happens here too south of the border.
Nicole, a German school teacher told me once, when she asks her students what they want to become in the future, the majority of Turkish students say, “Hartz IV Empfänger” (state benefit receiver). When she asked one of her students, “Why is that?” The girl answered, “My parents live on Hartz IV and lead an easy life. They sleep longer in the morning, and always have got enough money.”
“The dream of having an Ottoman Empire is not dead among the Turks.” Says Jalal, a Kurdish freelance journalist living in Germany. He added, “The Turkish establishment believes that the Turks in Germany constitute a valuable spearhead for the resurrection of the Ottoman Empire. What could not be accomplished by force in the 15th century might, many Turks believe, become a reality in the 21st century in Germany, the heart of Europe. Besides, don’t forget that demographically, while the German population growth is almost null, it is even contracting, the Turks in Germany have an annual birth rate of more than 5%. Therefore, demographers assume that by 2050 the majority of people living in Germany will be of Turkish descent.”
Welcome to the Welfare Caliphate built by the Welfare Jihad.

Raising Children to be Soldiers of Allah

By Monir Hussain
"Moreover [the children's] mindset [in the Islamic Madrasa education] is nurtured with a message of hatred towards all non-Muslim communities... Islam is the only true religion, all other religions are false -- this is what they are taught from the beginning by the Madrasa teacher. They also chant nonstop the mantra that all nonbelievers (in Islam) are Kafirs and infidels fit to be destroyed by all true Muslims." — Shudhansu S. Tunga, author of A 20 Million Billion Trillion Dollar Loss: The Story of India's Downslide Independence.
In such a small land as Bangladesh, roughly the size of the U.S. state of Iowa, there are 15,000 officially registered madrasas, accompanied by 200,000 teachers "teaching" four million "students." If one adds to it the number of unregistered madrasas, the number is as high as 64,000.
"Bangladesh is appeasing the most insidious and violent strains of Islam... That appeasement of theocratic demands and naked threats must end, now." — Bob Churchill, Director of Communications, International Humanist and Ethical Union.
One can imagine from the number of madrasas and mosques -- abetted by a government that turns a blind eye to lawlessness -- how many people listening to hate preaching are now being raised to be "Soldiers of Allah."
Dissent is not tolerated in the monolithic Islamic society of Bangladesh. Extremist Islamic forces not only vandalize the idols and temples of the Hindus or Buddhists, they are also kill anyone who speaks out against radicalization or Islamization.
The extremist Islamic forces mostly target university teachers, engineers, writers and bloggers, one after another -- whoever is not in total accord with their faith, including anyone secular-minded.
Notably, it was after the founding the International Islamic Front for Jihad in 1998, that Bangladesh experienced the first major attack conducted by Islamists, on March 6, 1999. It killed 10 and critically injured 105 innocent people who were listening to music at a cultural program organized by Udichi, a secular cultural organization.
Since then, many terrorist attacks have taken place in Bangladesh. Nonetheless, the country's politicians do not take initiatives to prevent Islamic radicalization, presumably in fear of displeasing the country's huge Muslim populace. Rather, every incoming government not only winks and nods the Islamists, but also provides room to nurture extremism. Bangladesh, a country roughly size of the U.S. state of Iowa, has 15,000 officially registered Madrasas [Islamic religious schools], accompanied by 200,000 teachers "teaching" four million "students." If one adds to it the number of unregistered madrasas, the number is as high as 64,000.
It is no secret anymore that the madrasa is the main extremist breeding factory. Shudhansu S. Tunga writes,
"Frankly, the Madrasa education instead of uplifting the Muslim boys and girls, is keeping them downgraded on many points, especially to face today's job market competition. Moreover, their mindset is nurtured with a message of hatred towards all non-Muslim communities. This is the gravest of dangers not only for the future of the Muslims but also for the whole mankind. Islam is the only true religion, all other religions are false─ this is what they are taught from the beginning by the Madrasa teacher. They also chant nonstop the mantra that all non-believers (in Islam) are Kafirs and infidels fit to be destroyed by all true Muslims."[1]
In such a small land, there are also 250,399 mosques where believers are being summoned to hate non-Muslims. They especially curse the Jews by using the anti-Semitic Koranic verses and the widely read hadiths.
Bangladesh is now one of the most dangerous places for a dissident to live. Murders this year include Samiulla Afridi and Avijit Roy.
Samiulla Afridi, the lawyer who represented Dr. Shakil Afridi (no relation), on February 26. Dr. Afridi conducted a vaccination program to help the Central Intelligence Agency locate Usama bin Laden. His murder was presumably retribution for having represented the doctor, whom the US let remain in a Pakistani jail.
Avijit Roy, an American citizen of Bangladeshi origin, who had a PhD in software engineering from Singapore, was hacked to death on March 17 after attending a book fair with his wife, also wounded in the attack. Roy, an engineer, was also the author of several books on science, atheism and freedom of expression. He was the founder of Mukto-Mona ["Free Mind"] blog, and well known for his writings which opposed religious fundamentalism. No one of course has been caught. It is not known if anyone has even looked for the perpetrators of both crimes.
The Director of Communications of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, Bob Churchill, said,
"Those who made the most credible threats on Roy's life have been allowed to do so with impunity, and now he is dead. As Roy himself warned, Bangladesh is appeasing the most insidious and violent strains of Islamism, and he knew his own life was under threat. That appeasement of theocratic demands and naked threats must end, now."
In an emotional piece in The Guardian, Alom Shaha writes,
"It is a land of lush green fields nourished by brightly burning sun. This is what is depicted on the nation's flag, a design that rejects the religious symbolism found in those of India and Pakistan -- the latter of which Bangladesh fought a bitter war of independence, partly so it could become a secular state. But that early commitment has been betrayed and instead Bangladesh has become a nation where those promoting secular values can expect to live their lives in fear, be threatened with death, and even brutally killed."
Avijit Roy was not the first victim targeted by the Islamists in Bangladesh. Last year, Ahmed Rajib Haider, an architect by profession, was also hacked to death by machete-wielding attackers from an Islamist militant group, Ansarullah Bangla Team. It takes its ideology from Yemen, based on statements from the Al-Qaeda ideologue, Anwar Al-Awlaki, and associated with the Jamaat-E-Islami party in Bangladesh.
The same group attacked another blogger, Asif Mohiuddin, who through his writings opposed the Quranic chapter 4, verse 34, which says, "A man can beat his wife, if she does not obey her husband."
Mohiuddin, also involved with Mukto-Mona blog, was arrested by the Bangladeshi authorities for "hurting religious beliefs."
Professor Humayun Azad was an esteemed university teacher, and one of the most prominent scholars in the country. On February 27, 2004, Islamists attacked him him with machete; he narrowly escaped death. But on August 11, 2004, he was found dead in his apartment in Munich, Germany, where he had arrived a week earlier to conduct a research on the German poet, Heinrich Heine.
Bangladeshi militants have had longstanding relations with Al-Qaeda and its leaders, including Osama Bin Laden and Ayman Al Zawahiri. According to reports, Bangladesh's first openly-formed Islamist militant outfit, Harkat-ul-Jihad (Huji), is closely linked with Al-Qaeda. Huji emerged from a group of Bangladeshi Afghan war veterans, who had gone to Afghanistan and joined with mujaheedin ["jihad warriors"], addressed the press conference.
There are reports that Bin Laden, in February 1998, came up with a coalition of Islamic militants named "International Islamic Front for Jihad against the Jews and Crusaders" to fight against the U.S. Among five coalition founders, one of the Bangladeshi militants and Zawahiri were signatories of a statement, issued in February 1998.
Major Gen (Ret). Abdur Rashid, a Bangladeshi security analyst, said, "Many Bangladeshi militants had visited or re-visited Afghanistan through Pakistan and maintained the links established earlier. The communication between them became easier with the availability of internet."
One can imagine from the number of madrasas and mosques -- abetted by a government that turns a blind eye to lawlessness -- how many people listening to hate preaching are now being raised to be "Soldiers of Allah."