Monday, 31 March 2014
The “Other Norwegians”
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by Norman Berdichevsky (April 2014)


Amidst all the turmoil of recent news over the missing Malaysian flight and the crisis over Crimea, a small news item passed largely unnoticed that deserves much greater attention and celebration for those who still value acts of decency and courage. NCL – Norwegian Cruise Line dropped Tunis as a port of embarkation for its cruise passengers after the Tunisian port authorities refused to allow Israeli passport holders off the ship Norwegian Jade. About 20 Israelis were quietly told before disembarking from the ship on March 8-9 that “They were not welcome.” by the Tunisian government. The Norwegian Jade had been stopping in Tunisia every three weeks during the winter.  more>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2014 12:00 AM by NER
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Monday, 31 March 2014
Jewish Settlements Do Not Impede Peace
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by Robert Harris (April 2014)


Introduction

Many Western narratives on the Israel-Arab/Palestinian conflict, assert that Arab-Palestinian grievances are fundamentally based upon a supposed dispossession of territory, and so peace would be obtained by returning lands gained by Israel in the defensive Six Day War.  more>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2014 12:00 AM by NER
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Monday, 31 March 2014
Stalemate in the Middle East?
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by Jerry Gordon and Mike Bates (April 2014)

With Shoshana Bryen and Dr. Daniel Mandel

As the Persian New Year Norwuz dawned, the Middle East was upended by developments that have thrown into question international efforts to reign in Iran’s quest for nuclear hegemony and the Obama Administration’s quest for a final status agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA). Overarching these objectives of the P5+1 and US Secretary of State Kerry was the seizure  from the Ukraine and annexation of Crimea by Russian President Putin unsettling these agendas. Putin had formed an alliance with Shiite Allies, the Assad regime in Damascus and Iran. more>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2014 12:00 AM by NER
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Monday, 31 March 2014
The Family Cloth
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by G. Murphy Donovan (April 2014)
                         

 “Our mothers all are junkies. Our fathers all are drunks. 
Golly Moses, natcherly we're punks!” – Stephen Sondheim

Not long ago, a public museum in the nation’s capital was renovated and a fountain added to the landscaping. A month or two later the fountain moat was covered with a flotsam of disposable diapers and a garnish of sanitary napkins. If a proper survey had been done, the stew probably contained a sprinkling of used condoms too.  more>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2014 12:00 AM by NER
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Monday, 31 March 2014
The Wages of Supersessionism
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by Dexter Van Zile (April 2014)


Antisemitism has gotten worse over the past few decades. Expressions of Judenhass that would have resulted in someone being summarily banished from polite society in the first few decades after the Shoah are now ignored. Anyone who harbors any doubts about this reality needs only to consider two short vignettes.  more>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2014 12:00 AM by NER
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Monday, 31 March 2014
Geert Wilders Once Again Endures a Firestorm of Criticism
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by Jerry Gordon (April 2014)


Municipal elections were held in The Netherlands on March 19th and in France on March 23rd. While a minority of registered voters cast ballots in each country, the results appeared to indicate that the Euro skeptic parties may be on the rise. BloombergBusiness Week commented in a mid-February 2014 article on the results of the Swiss anti-immigration referendum that these parties might be in contention to take upwards of 150 of the 751 seats in the May 22nd  to 25th European Parliamentary Elections. The Swiss People’s Party referendum on immigration control passed by 19,000 votes. The Economist called Marine Le Pen’s first round municipal election results on Sunday, March 23rd, a veritable “triumph.” Perhaps indicating that her National Front party would do well in the second round on March 30th in France.  more>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2014 12:00 AM by NER
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Monday, 31 March 2014
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
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by Theodore Dalrymple (April 2014)


The epidemiology, sociology and psychology of bad taste interest me because there is so much of it about. Bad taste is the shadow-side of self-expression, as it were; indeed, it often seems as if it is the only side of it. This is one of the reasons I so favour reticence as a trait, at least in the modern world. Take but reticence away, and hark what bad taste follows!  more>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2014 12:00 AM by NER
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Monday, 31 March 2014
The Closing of the Western Mind
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by Keith Hopkins (April 2014)


In the tide and course of human affairs, at epiphany-like moments, rare books appear that shine a light so dazzling on the falsehoods on which our modern world is founded that we are momentarily blinded. The late Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind was, is, such a book. To this reviewer it is, with the Warren Commission Report, the most important document to appear in the last 50 years. It was published in 1987 but, even today, it’s unclear whether we have the book, whose importance has only increased over the years, entirely in focus. Its appearance was a defining moment in our collapsing culture.  more>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2014 12:00 AM by NER
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Monday, 31 March 2014
Fifty Shades of Gray
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by Theodore Dalrymple (April 2014)


Few are the people who love dogs and cats equally, and there are those who love neither. I am a doggish person and I frequently stop in the street to admire, and often to speak to, dogs (they always reply, I find, with the greatest good sense). The strange thing is that their owners who have them on leads are always pleased and proud that their dogs should be so addressed by a complete stranger, though they would shrink away from such a stranger, as from a dangerous lunatic, if he addressed them, the owners, directly. Dogs are the greatest diplomats, or at least aids to diplomacy.  more>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2014 12:00 AM by NER
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Monday, 31 March 2014
The Spiritual Ascent
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by Rebecca Bynum (April 2014)


[M]y body falls down without pushing, my soul does not go up without pulling; ascension is my soul’s pace and measure, but precipitation my body’s. And even angels, whose home is heaven and who are winged too, yet had a ladder and go to heaven by steps. 
                 – John Donne (Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, II)

It is generally understood, as Christ taught, that once one accepts God’s grace through a child-like faith, then he may enter the kingdom of heaven. But it should be obvious, too, that no one can remain as a child forever. All of us must grow up and fulfill our duties as adult spiritual beings. There is no magic wand to relieve us of the responsibilities to live according to righteous virtue and increasingly to reflect the truth in the widest circumference of our understanding. The journey does not end with the consciousness of salvation – it only begins there.  more>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2014 12:00 AM by NER
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Monday, 31 March 2014
You Cannot Fathom Russia with Your Mind
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by Theodore Dalrymple (April 2014)


From the point of view of complete rationalists, who think that life can be lived wholly according to a rational plan, anniversaries are odd. Why should the memory of an event be more prominent in our minds at one moment or on one date rather than another? And if we are going to have anniversaries, why should the hundredth be more important than, say, the ninety-third or the eighty-seventh? Surely, if an event was historically important, it was equally important for all the time that succeeded it? The importance given to centenaries is a relic of magical thinking. Why not celebrate or confer equal importance on the dozenth or the twelve dozenth anniversary?  more>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2014 12:00 AM by NER
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Monday, 31 March 2014
Kenya: Did Nairobi Based Al Shabaab Group Order Attack On Likoni Church?
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From All Africa. Mombasa — As police announced the killing of two gunmen believed to have participated in last Sunday's church massacre, a multi-sectional taskforce investigating the attack now believes Nairobi-based Al Hijra group, which is the Kenyan affiliate of Al Shabaab, ordered the killings.

Sources say Al Hijra's Mombasa cell members committed the violent act on the orders of Kenya's Al Shabaab leader, Ahmed Iman Ali. The activities of Al Hijra in Mombasa, Nairobi and other parts of East Africa were also cited in a UN Monitoring Report for Somalia in July last year, which warned that the al- Shabaab affiliate was being coordinated by followers of the late radical Islamist Sheikh Aboud Rogo.

These include a prominent terrorism suspect associated with British terror suspect Jermaine Grant.

Intelligence reports from National Intelligence Services (NIS) lend credence to this theory. They show that for close to a year, al-Qaeda affiliates in Kenya have identified churches as targets, especially in Mombasa and Kwale.

The cell mates include old al- Shabaab suspects as well as recent returnees from Somalia. Towards the end of last year, Suleiman Mwayuyu from Kwale, who was killed in January, is believed to have spearheaded attacks on churches in Kisauni, Likoni and Kwale.

The attacks in Likoni were to be committed by a hit squad that has been operating in Mombasa for some years, and which has been responsible for most grenade and Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) attacks in the area. On August 3, 2013 the spy agency reported that Al Shabaab commander Ahmed Iman had sneaked into the country from Yemen through the Kenya-Tanzania border to coordinate the attacks. According to the briefs, Iman was expected to team up with two Tanzanian Al Shabaab operatives, Juma Seif and Ibrahim Hussein, "to strategise on how to launch terror attacks within Coast, Nairobi and north Eastern.

Eight days before that on August 8, the intelligence briefs pointed that ... Juma Seif and Ibrahim Hussein ... were attending meetings at Masjid Musa Mosque in Majengo, Mombasa.

In the same period, two radical priests preaching at Masjid Chelsea and Maratib mosques in Eastleigh, Nairobi, and who cannot be named for legal reasons, were making several trips to Mombasa to indoctrinate Islamic youth at Masjid Minaa and Masjid Musa. Consequently, it is that period (June-August) that a key terror suspect based in Mombasa was having direct contact with the local Al Shabaab returnees from Somalia.

The brief indicated that the operatives were targeting Jesus Celebration Centre (JCC) in Bamburi area for possible terror attacks during vigil prayers (kesha).

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Posted on 03/31/2014 12:00 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 30 March 2014
Canadian Justice And iran As Terrorist Paymaster
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Largely unnoticed, but noticed here.
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Posted on 03/30/2014 12:00 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Sunday, 30 March 2014
Are the Boycotters of Israel Violating International Law?
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The world is now aware of the bias and bigotry of Oxfam International in objecting to Scarlett Johansson’s decision to become a spokesperson for the Israeli company SodaStream because of the company’s factory in an Israeli settlement town. Oxfam considers Israeli settlements illegal and thus in violation of international law.  In addition to its support of a boycott of trade with Israeli settlements, Oxfam has not adhered to a policy of neutrality in the Middle East.  It has issued statements calling on Israel to end its supposed restrictions – i.e., checkpoints and roadblocks – on free movement of people and goods in the West Bank.
An important question now is whether Oxfam International can claim to come to the Middle East table with its moral righteousness intact.  Certainly its declared neutrality in the conflict between Israel and Palestinians can be challenged by knowledge of the activity of some of its affiliates.  One example of partisan activity is that the Dutch-branch Oxfam Novib and Oxfam GB are reported to have given $500,000 to the Coalition of Women for Peace, which is a fervent advocate of boycott of Israel.
The world may now be aware, through a report of the Shurat HaDin (Israel Law Center) that Oxfam is itself indirectly involved with terrorist groups that have been declared illegal according to both international law and the laws of the U.S., the U.K., the European Union, and Canada.  As a result, Oxfam, which has deceived itself in believing that it is taking a moral position to boycott trade with Israel, may be liable to criminal and civil prosecution.
The problem for Oxfam relates to its involvement with two Palestinian organizations that have had, and probably still have, close connections with the Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).  Oxfam has provided financial and other assistance to those two bodies – the Union of Agricultural Workers Committees (UAWC) in Gaza and the Union of Health Workers Committees (UHWC).
The UHWC, founded in 1985, provides medical services to poor Palestinians.  The UAWC, founded in 1986, deals with land ownership and agricultural issues in the areas disputed between Israel and the Palestinians.  
No doubt these two groups do render some useful service to Palestinians.  The problem is that they admit they were founded and are staffed to a considerable degree by members of the PFLP, though they now deny any present connection.  Though the degree of interaction between the organizations and the PFLP is not altogether clear, at least publicly, the connections through people are evident.  
Dr. Ahmad Maslamani, who died in 2008, was a member of the Central Council of the PFLP, a so-called “national warrior” (AKA “terrorist”), and was also co-founder and the general director of UHWC.  Bashir al Kheiri (Bashir Khairy), who for a number of years was chairman of the Board of Directors of UAWC, was also the head of the PFLP’s political bureau in Ramallah.  He was involved in the Supersol supermarket bombing in Jerusalem on February 21, 1969.  Jamil Ismail is the vice president of UAWC and is a member of PFLP and the head of its political office in Gaza.  A number of other directors of UAWC, including its treasurer, are known to be members of PFLP.
The role of the PFLP in international terrorism is very familiar.  Founded in 1967 by George Habash, it defined itself as a Marxist-Leninist and Arab nationalist organization.  Its activities for 45 years have been negative, opposing any negotiated settlement with Israel and engaging in spectacular terrorist acts. These have included aircraft-hijacking, suicide-bombings, and assassination.
Among the best-known acts are the following : the murders by individuals recruited by the PFLP at Lod (now Ben Gurion) airport in Israel of 26 people, and another 80 injured on May 30 1972; the collaboration in the hijacking of the Air France plane en route from Paris to Athens in 1976 that landed in Entebbe, Uganda where the hostages were rescued by an Israeli commando raid; the assassination of Israeli Minister for Tourism Rehavam Zeevi on October 21, 2000; and the murder on March 11, 2011 of a family of five, including a three-month-old baby, in the settlement town of Itamar, Israel.  The most notorious figure related to PFLP was the murderer Carlos the Jackal, who joined it in 1970 and organized attacks on Western targets and also on OPEC headquarters in Vienna.  His explanation was that “we kill for a cause, the liberation of Palestine.”
There are two issues: the relation between the two Palestinian organizations and the PFLP and the link of Oxfam with them.  The first involves the problem of distinguishing between the military wing of a terrorist organization, such as the PFLP, and its front organizations that provide social and medical service.  The second is the degree to which Oxfam provides assistance and works closely with the two organizations.
On the first issue, the UHWC and the UAWC are linked with the PFLP in a number of ways, in overlapping leadership, funding, and assets.  
There is no suggestion that Oxfam has committed any improper or immoral action, but its involvement with the two Palestinian groups can be considered illegal on the basis of an important U.S. Supreme Court decision.  The Court in the June 2010 case Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project ruled in a 6-3 decision about the prohibition on providing material support to groups designated as foreign terrorist organizations.  The U.S. Patriot Act, section 805, of October 2001 prohibits material support, including expert advice and assistance, for terrorists.
The Court , in similar language to that of the Patriot Act, held that material support included “service” or “expert advice or assistance.”  Any assistance given to the terrorist group could help to make the group appear “legitimate” and would free resources of the group for terrorist activities.  This would include support in the form of intangibles such as human rights training.  The thrust of the Court’s decision is relevant to Oxfam.  It held that material support that is meant to promote peaceable, lawful conduct, which undoubtedly Oxfam intends, can be diverted to advance terrorism in multiple ways.  For terrorist organizations, funds raised for humanitarian activities cannot easily be separated from those used for carrying out terrorist attacks.
The U.S. has designated the PFLP as a “Foreign Terrorist Organization,” as does the U.K., which is Oxfam’s country of origin.  By providing funds and material to the Palestinian groups, Oxfam can reasonably be faced with charges of violation of international law.  This is on a somewhat more serious level than the carbonated drinks of SodaStream about which Oxfam is so incensed.
Oxfam can justifiably be proud of its help in the relief of hunger in less developed countries.  It can claim to have helped UAWC in aid to Palestinian small-scale farmers and herders, and helped UHWC to improve health services for people in Gaza.  It genuinely believes that it does not work with organizations that use or promote terror.  But by supplying financial aid and other material support to the two Palestinian organizations that have clear links to terrorist organizations, Oxfam is misguided in this belief.  It may now be open to criminal charges for violations of international law for supporters, if indirectly, terrorist groups.  It may also be more careful in labeling settlements as “illegal.”
Michael Curtis is author of Jews, Antisemitism, and the Middle East.

First published in the American Thinker.

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Posted on 03/30/2014 12:00 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 30 March 2014
Teachers 'assaulted and marginalised in Islamising plot’
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The reporters at the Telegraph believe there is an agenda, even if it was not actually called Operation Trojan Horse. 

Staff at one of the Birmingham schools targeted by Muslim hardliners in the so-called “Trojan Horse” plot were assaulted as part of a campaign against the school management, official documents show.  The disclosure comes as one local Muslim MP said he was certain there was an “extensive operation” to import fundamentalist views into supposedly secular state schools and “split young people away from their parents”. 

Khalid Mahmood, Labour MP for Birmingham Perry Barr, accused Birmingham city council of being “complicit” in the alleged plot and attacked the purported ringleader, Tahir Alam, saying: “It is very appropriately named Trojan Horse – that’s exactly what he has been doing.” Mr Alam, the chairman of governors at one of the schools allegedly taken over, Park View, says the plot is a fabrication and denies any involvement.

The Telegraph can disclose new details of problems revealed at Park View by a highly unusual two snap Ofsted inspections earlier this month. 

Lindsey Clark, the respected executive head who has an OBE for services to education, told the inspectors that she had been marginalised and that all decisions at the school were taken by Mr Alam and a small group of hardliners, including one senior teacher who has praised the al-Qaeda ideologue Anwar al-Awlaki at school assemblies. Other staff also said that they felt sidelined.

Inspectors were openly told by one senior teacher that the solution to Muslim problems would be the creation of a global Islamic state under sharia law, a key demand of extremists. “It felt like a faith school. Islam permeated everything,” said a source close to the investigation. “All the citizenship teaching was about being a good Muslim and there was nothing that prepared pupils for life in modern Britain.”

Concerns have also been raised about Park View’s hiring procedures. Teachers at the school said that two people with virtually no teaching experience had been made subject heads, posts normally reached only after many years in the job.

One of the new subject heads had only just qualified as a teacher and the other, only a year or so more experienced, is his uncle. “The suspicion is that they were appointed for their religious sympathies and their personal connections,” said a teacher. 

Mr Alam claimed last week that the focus on his school was part of a “witch hunt” motivated by “Islamophobia”. However, he has refused to deny any of the charges raised by The Telegraph. Another Birmingham school closely linked to Mr Alam, Al-Hijrah, took legal action against Ofsted last year to suppress a finding of “inadequate” against the school. It lost and the report was published, albeit with a delay.

Sources close to another secular school targeted by the hardliners, Anderton Park, say that the lives of successive non-Muslim head teachers have been made a “misery” by radical religious governors and parents determined to stop the teaching of PE and music, regarded as sinful by hardline Muslims. 

Minutes of the governors’ meetings, seen by The Telegraph, show that campaigns of pressure against Anderton Park date back at least four years. In 2010, a group of parents formed a “breakaway parents’ committee” and withdrew their children from PE, which is compulsory in the National Curriculum. The head teacher at the time, Anne Bufton, said this was part of an attempt to “take over existing schools” and that “several local head teachers had expressed concern”. The minutes show that Mr Alam offered advice to the school, saying that they should provide segregated changing facilities for PE.

The following year, say the minutes, a “leafleting campaign” was organised against the school which “upset” children. At around the same time, the minutes said, there were a number of “assaults on staff” which were being “pursued by the local authority”.

Last month the governing body at Anderton Park voted 8-7 to “Islamise” collective worship at the school. The decision was greeted with delight by a group of hardline teachers, governors and school consultants calling themselves “Educational Activists”, who pursue what their leader calls an “Islamising agenda” in Birmingham schools and who convene on the WhatsApp instant messaging service.

In their WhatsApp messages, which have been leaked to this newspaper, members of the group celebrated that Anderton Park was now “polarised on faith grounds”. It can also be revealed that two members of the group have key roles in the training and recruitment of teachers and governors in Birmingham.

One is Najma Begum, the managing director of Transform Training and Recruitment, a consultancy which has recruited dozens of teachers to Birmingham schools and is currently advertising 43 teaching jobs in Birmingham on its website. In her messages with the group, Ms Begum says there needs to be training of “governors and education leaders from an Islamic perspective…on how we can assist governance within [the] mainstream”.

Another member of the group is Rebecca Williams, a governor at Wyndcliffe school in the city and a trainer of school governors for Birmingham City Council, where she works with Mr Alam. In the leaked messages, she writes: “The previous head teacher [at Wyndcliffe] conveniently retired and there is alhamdulillah [thank God] a new head who is committed to the pupils. However, the chair and vice chair, and deputy head who spent the last term aggressively attacking me for querying low standards, are all still in place. I pray Allah gives the children the standard of school they deserve.”

Another secular school allegedly taken over, Oldknow Primary, will be given an emergency inspection by Ofsted this week after The Telegraph revealed that its successful non-Muslim head teacher, Bhupinder Kondal, had been driven out, subsidised school trips to Mecca were organised and children were led in anti-Christian chanting by a teacher at assembly. 

Many Muslim parents at Oldknow oppose what has been happening. “This is not supposed to be a faith-based school and we did not send our daughter to a faith-based school,” said one Muslim father, who has complained to his MP and to Ofsted. "After your article last week I asked my daughter what had happened to Mrs Kondal and she recited a script. It was as if all the children had been drilled. For me, it’s got to a point now where I need to do something.” 

Meanwhile: MORE than a dozen schools in Birmingham are now under investigation by the Department for Education (DfE) over allegations of financial mismanagement and the introduction of Islamic teachings and practices into secular schools. The investigation, the biggest of its kind, initially focused on a number of secular state schools where non-Muslim staff claim they were sidelined by predominantly Islamic governing bodies, but has now been widened to include several faith schools.

“Michael Gove has ordered an all-embracing investigation and has asked a number of department officials to drop everything and just focus on this. They will be going through financial records and interviewing staff members at more than 12 schools in Birmingham. . . The DfE is especially interested in whether students are forced to wear religious clothing and whether any teachers have been hired because of their family connections to the governors,”

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Posted on 03/30/2014 12:00 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 29 March 2014
UN Refugee Agency Thinks It Knows Better What Kenya Should Do To Keep The Country Safe
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Somali Muslims have taken over whole areas of Kenya, including parts of Mombasa. And they have been attacking Kenyans and, especially, Christian targets. After the latest attack on a church, the Kenyan government decided, for security reasons, to confine the Somalis ("refugees" to some, but what they are fleeing is the misrule and chaos of a Muslim state, and bringing that misrule and chaos with them, and their own Muslim aggressiveness, and desire to impose their ways, into Kenya) to two camps.

This, of course, the U.N. Refugee Agency does not like. It wants to decide what Kenya should do to protect Kenya.

The story here.

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Posted on 03/29/2014 12:00 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 29 March 2014
In Tripoli, Lebanon That Was The Week That Was
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Here.

Little different from the past week in Tripoli, Libya, or a few dozen other cities in the Muslim-dominated lands. This no longer surprises you. You've come to expect it. You're indifferent to what goes on in the Arab and Muslim lands. You don't care -- you even wish -- that they fight among themselves forever. Now you have to think about  what it means to have a large-scale Muslim presence in your midst. That's the next step.

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Posted on 03/29/2014 12:00 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 29 March 2014
A Musical Interlude: I'm Gonna Wash My Hands Of You (Sam Browne, Elsie Carlisle)
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Listen here.
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Posted on 03/29/2014 12:00 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 29 March 2014
Another Take on Wilders ‘Moroccan’ Controversy
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The recent Geert Wilders controversy, in which he asked his supporters, during a political rally, if they want more, or fewer, criminally active Moroccans in their city, has attracted much attention, an led to a major counter-protest that surprisingly possessed an anti-Semitic component. 

Dutch native Harald van Es, has written an interesting even-handed analysis, that is critical of Wilders’ statement, the angry response by the mainstream media, anti-Western left-wing activists, and the Dutch political elite, some of which have expresses similar views, ironically enough. An extract is reprinted below:

As usual, Dutch mainstream media, several national Moroccan/immigrant organizations and many leftist-liberal politicians lashed out against Geert Wilders and his Freedom Party (PVV) accusing him of racism and hate speech. The Facebook page ‘I Am Filing a Complaint Against Wilders’ (Ik Doe Aangifte Tegen Wilders) already has 99,224 likes (March 28, 2014). Hundreds of complaints are filed with the police until now and still counting… Only time can tell how Wilders’ controversial speech will affect his and his Freedom Party’s popularity in the long-term.

But should Wilders’ call on a reduction in the number of Moroccans in the Netherlands, which by Wilders own explanation was directed against criminal individuals of the Moroccan-Dutch community, be understood simply as a chant against Moroccans in general? Doesn’t it mean, in fact, that issues surrounding the mass Muslim immigration to the Netherlands, the over-representation of Moroccans (and other ethnic minorities) in crime statistics and welfare dependency, and Islamic cultural and social issues in the Netherlands need to be addressed? […]

The Dutch political leaders underestimate the concerns of the Dutch population about immigration, Islamic extremism and criminal Moroccans in Dutch neighbourhoods and should not lecture the nation about it. Instead, they must come up with workable and constructive solutions to resolve these issues and take away the peoples concerns. It is understandable and justifiable that the indigenous peoples of a country feel intimidated when extremely large numbers of immigrants from foreign civilizations move in and influence or even challenge local civilization. If that happens, people will eventually sent a clear signal that their political leaders do not take the negative implications of massive immigration, multiculturalism and criminal ethnic minorities seriously enough, and that leftist-liberal arguments about multiculturalism or political correct phrases are insufficient. Politicians who fail to address these concerns will be met by a “Geert Wilders” one way or another.

Of course, Wilders’ merging of “a city with fewer problems” with “and, if possible fewer Moroccans” is not the way to go, just as it is wrong when political leaders propose undemocratic measures to outlaw Wilders and his Freedom Party (PVV) in a liberal and democratic society. But why does Dutch media and certain elements in Dutch politics take every opportunity to lash out against Geert Wilders, but at the same time keep silent when leftist-liberal leaders use inflammatory expressions themselves?

For example, when Wilders is addressing the over-representation of Moroccans in crime statistics, he’s immediately accused of hate speech while addressing this issue is government policy (consisting of labour and liberal parties)."

Read the whole article at Crethi Plethi.

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Posted on 03/29/2014 12:00 AM by Robert Harris
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Saturday, 29 March 2014
Iran Worries About Sunnis On Its Eastern Border
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JIaish al-Adl is kidnapping and killing Iranian border guards. The Pakistani government does nothing, and Iran wants to take over and do the entire policing itself.

And think of the problems Iran has, and will always have, with Arabs in the southwest, in the oil-bearing region of Khuzistan, and with Kurds in the northwest, now inspired by the greater autonomy of Kurds in Iraq, and Syria, and even, if things go right, in Turkey. And Iran may have trouble with ethnic Azeris, who are the largest group after Farsi-speaking Persians, and  many of whom must look longingly to the example of secular Azerbaijan, and compare it to their lot in the grim Islamic Republiic of Iran.

Iran is still a Persian empire, but only half of its population is Persian. That can't be good.

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Posted on 03/29/2014 12:00 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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