Monday, 30 September 2013
Al Shabaab is a Threat to the World at Large
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by Jerry Gordon (October 2013)

The Nairobi Westgate Mall Attack

At noon Saturday, September 21, 2013 local time, a swarm of 10 to 16 al Shabaab terrorists, heavily armed with AK-47, G-3 assault weapons and grenades, attacked the high end Westgate Mall in the Westlands section of Nairobi. There may have been up to three Americans involved and perhaps the rumored “white widow” English Jihadi Samantha Lewthwaite who was reported to be barking orders to her accomplices by hidden witnesses. Lewthwaite’s late husband was a suicide bomber in the London 7/7 attack that killed more than 67 people. [(61 civilian and 6 Kenyan security personnel), 200 wounded and 63 missing.] She left Britain several years ago and had allegedly been involved in training and conduct of al Shabaab attacks against Kenyan hotels.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2013 12:00 AM by NER
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Monday, 30 September 2013
The Bible and International Development
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by Geoffrey Clarfield (October 2013)


I spent close to two decades of my adult life living and working in East Africa, mostly in Kenya & Tanzania but my work also took me to Uganda, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. I began as a field anthropologist living among and studying the Rendille tribe in northern Kenya. This eventually led me to training my African colleagues how to do ethnography as Richard Leakey and his team had called me to join the National Museums of Kenya. more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2013 12:00 AM by NER
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Monday, 30 September 2013
Checkmate in Baghdad and Geneva
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by G. Murphy Donovan (September 2013)


“Domestic policy can only defeat us; foreign policy can kill us.” - JFK

War is a messy business. Serial wars get even more untidy over time. Often, it’s hard to know where one begins and another ends. Such is the case today as the Arab spring looks like another Muslim winter. America and Europe stumble from one conflict venue to another wondering what happened to all those rosy assertions about jasmine, justice, moderation, and modernity. The Islamic world is a mess and no one has a clue as to where or how the sequential mayhem ends. In Syria, the nanny states of the West are again perched on the brink of another sectarian and/or tribal abyss.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2013 12:00 AM by NER
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Monday, 30 September 2013
Painting the Green World Red: The Brothel in Shakespeare's Plays
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by David P. Gontar (October 2013)


Northrop Frye is remembered for the wondrous notion of the Green World, that rustic site outside the royal court where Shakespearean protagonists are free to undergo growth, resolution and integration. The Forest of Arden in As You Like It, the Athenian wood in A Midsummer Night's Dream, even that humble graveyard in Act Four of Hamlet, among others, all function as places beyond the stresses of palace imbroglios, where the psyche can blossom, finding refreshment in nature and reconstitute itself. Less frequently noticed, perhaps, is another kind of space, located within or tangent to the city which affords retreat. That is the brothel.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2013 12:00 AM by NER
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Monday, 30 September 2013
Boxing Clever
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by Theodore Dalrymple (October 2013)


Many years ago, more indeed than I care to number, I had a discussion with my fellow-students that had a permanent influence upon my views and attitude to life. It concerned, of all things, the ethics of professional boxing, a subject to which until that moment I had not given a moment’s thought. But youth is an age at which it is felt necessary to have a strong opinion about everything, and mere ignorance is no bar to passionate advocacy. The same is true, of course, of journalists. There is nothing like passionate ignorance to keep one young at heart.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2013 12:00 AM by NER
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Monday, 30 September 2013
Is the Orthodox Church “Supersessionist”?
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by Hal Smith (October 2013)


According to Oleg Usenkov, press secretary of the Sophia association of Russian Orthodox Christians in the Holy Land, there are about 70,000-100,000 Russian Orthodox Israelis, and perhaps “the real figures are even higher.”1 The number is significant, as the “Greek Orthodox Patriarchy of Jerusalem was informed by the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption that approximately 10 percent of the total Aliya from the former Soviet Union are of the Christian Orthodox faith.”2 This makes the Orthodox Church by far the largest among the past several decades of Israeli immigrants.3 It is also the largest among Palestinian Christians, of whom there are about 400,000 worldwide, and through whom it traces itself to the first Christian community.more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2013 12:00 AM by NER
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Monday, 30 September 2013
Christianity’s Challenge
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by Rebecca Bynum (October 2013)

 
It is an unfortunate fact that to the non-Christian world, Christianity seems to be supporting all manner of evil because it fosters Western culture which bears a great deal of guilt for harboring politics without principle, industry without morality, science without conscience, liberty which has turned to license and the accumulation of staggering wealth among the very few.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2013 12:00 AM by NER
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Monday, 30 September 2013
The Mythistory of the Crusades
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by Ibn Warraq (October 2013)


A new generation of Western scholars of the Middle Ages have been trying to put right the misconceptions that have grown up about the Cru­sades. As Jonathan Riley-Smith has argued “modern Western public opin­ion, Arab nationalism, and Pan-Islamism all share perceptions of crusad­ing that have more to do with nineteenth-century European imperialism than with actuality.”1 Muslims in particular have developed “mythisto­ries” concerning the putative injuries they have received at the hands of the Crusaders. The first point that needs to be emphasized is that the Cru­sades were proclaimed not only against Muslims, but also against many groups, and communities that the Catholic Church considered heretical, and enemies of the faith, groups such as the pagan Wends, Balts and Lithuanians, shamanist Mongols, Orthodox Russians and Greeks, Cathar and Hussite heretics.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2013 12:00 AM by NER
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Monday, 30 September 2013
Hitching to Gomorrah
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by Theodore Dalrymple (October 2013)


When I was sixteen years of age my parents allowed me to hitch-hike my way round England, Scotland, Ireland, France and Switzerland. Perhaps they were pleased to disembarrass themselves of a youth who, around them at least, was sullen and uncommunicative; but what would nowadays seem a decision of parental irresponsibility did not then seem at all extraordinary. I doubt that many parents now would give their sixteen year-old son such permission; but I am not sure whether this tells us more about the increased dangerousness of the world or a change in parental attitudes towards risk.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2013 12:00 AM by NER
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Monday, 30 September 2013
Al-Shebaab's PR Problem Was Not In Massacring People, But Only In Killing Muslims
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And so, worried about the opinion of fellow Muslims world-wide, who would be completely unconcerned about the massacres of non-Muslims, but would be upset if Musliims, too, were killed, Al-Shebaab decided to give a little quiz on Muslim fundamentals. Recite the Shehada, or tell us the name of Muhammad's mother, and so on. 

No doubt Infidels all over the world are now busy learning these very things -- for the next time.

But while they are doing that, they may also want to consider applying their minds to what it means to have Muslims in their midst -- as a permanent security problem, as an army of propagandists who are determined not only to spread Islam, but to spread lies and nonsense about what Islam teaches, so that a sufficient number of Infidels in every country will react hysterically if other non-Muslmis quite sensibly want to halt Muslim immigration, and to impose measures that will make the conduct of Islamic life difficult, and to put Muslims under such constant, well-justifed scrutiny, and Islam suibject to constant and well-justified public examination, criticism, and ridicule, that Muslims, from whom demands keep coming, and which are so often accommodated by ill-informed, craven non-Muslims, unembarrassed about their ignorance of, or heedlessness about, the texts and teahcings of Islam and the history of Muslim conquest of many different non-Muslim lands and peoples, will instead be met at every turn with the suspicion and hostility - based on a quiet but sure-of-itself understanding of what's going on, of what Islam signifies -- they deserve.

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Posted on 09/30/2013 12:00 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 30 September 2013
The Palestinian Use of Propaganda
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Michael Curtis writes at the American Thinker:

The use of propaganda has a long history, going back to the Persians in 6th century B.C. The word itself can be traced back to at least the early 17th century when in January, 1622, Pope Gregory XV set up the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith. Its objective was missionary work to oppose the Protestant Reformation. In general, propaganda is the use of communication to influence the emotions, attitudes, and opinions of people in the attempt to get them to accept a particular political, religious, or economic point of view. It implies, in democratic as well as in non-democratic societies, conscious manipulation of the opinions of those societies.
That manipulation is usually directed at emotion rather than to thought. At its most extreme, propaganda takes the form of the big lie, the repetition of a view of events or history that induces or encourages action. It was Adolf Hitler who clearly explained this manipulation when he wrote "The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly -- it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over." That technique takes many forms, appeals to prejudice and to fear, disinformation and presentation of forgeries and false documents, selective truth, scapegoating or demonizing the enemy.
Arguably, the use of propaganda by Palestinians to gain compassion and political support has been their one great success. The Palestinian narrative of victimhood, with its falsifications of history and politics, its portrayal of themselves as not only innocent but the most compelling victims in the world, its staging of events to blame Israel for atrocities they themselves have committed, its deliberate concentration on alleged injuries or deaths of children, and its achievement in persuading much of the media to accept and advance its manipulation of language and action, have all been part of its success in the propaganda war.
That success is shown by the fact that a considerable proportion of the European population accepts the Palestinian propaganda that Israel is conducting a war of extermination against the Palestinians, in spite of the reiteration of Palestinian leaders of their determination to eliminate the State of Israel. Israel, the only liberal democracy in the Middle East, is held responsible for the problems not only of the area but for those in the world in general.
In contrast, the Palestinians present themselves as helpless, blameless individuals who have been the victims of Israeli brutality and colonialism. This presentation has been advanced in a number of ways but most successfully by three devices: using Palestinian children to assert Israeli brutality; staging and falsifying events, sometimes in collusion with sympathetic Western journalists, to portray Palestinians as innocent victims and Israelis as cruel oppressors; and by distorting the historical and political chronicle of Jews and Arabs.
Faking news has become a Palestinian cottage industry. A familiar aphorism is that a picture is worth more than a thousand words. The most diabolic aspect of Palestinian propaganda is its use or rather abuse of children by using them as stage props. Palestinians have been adept at that, often using photos of injured or dead children who supposedly have been killed by Israeli fire. The international Western media has often been eager or induced to use the photos, often recycled, of the dead or suffering children, thus seeking compassion for Palestinians and demonizing Israel at the same time. The compliant media and the compassionate public ignore the reality and the irony that some of these children had been injured or killed by rockets fired by Hamas that had been aimed at Israeli civilians.
The device of using children has probably been the most effective tool in the propaganda campaign against Israel. It was Yasser Arafat who in January 2002 who appreciated this when he said, "The Palestinian child holding a stone, facing a tank-is that not the greatest message to the world, when that hero becomes a 'martyr'?" He used the photo of a 15 year-old boy stoning a tank to good effect. In saluting the boy as "our hero, the martyr," Arafat encouraged other children to attack soldiers. Those children who are sent to the front lines, and others who throw stones at Israeli cars attract television cameras.
The most well known use of children was the incident of the supposed death on September 2000 of Mohammed al-Durah, a 12-year-old Palestinian boy allegedly killed by Israeli fire. The "targets of Israeli fire," emotional documentary footage of the scene with the boy and his father supposedly endangered by Israeli fire was narrated by a French reporter, Charles Enderlin, who had not been there, but who apparently accepted the Palestinian version of events. The acceptance and reporting of the story by the international media provoked anti-Israeli riots.
Yet the story was false; it was a hoax with fake photos devised by a Palestinian propagandist, as Richard Landes and others have explained. If al-Durah had been killed, which is in doubt, it was by Palestinian not Israeli fire. However, the image of the boy was used throughout the Western as well as the Muslim world to depict Israel engaged in criminality, equivalent to that of Nazi Germany.
The charge of criminality surfaces on many occasions. In April 2013 the Russian newspaper, Komsomolskaya Pravda, published a false story, based on an accusation by a Palestinian who had been released from an Israeli jail. It stated that Israel injected Palestinian prisoners with dangerous viruses before releasing them from prison. The prisoners also were said to suffer from serious diseases such as bladder cancer and liver problems caused by Israeli torture. Symbolically, the charge is reminiscent of blood libel accusations against Jews.
Another false photo story, this one published by Reuters news agency in 2006, was of a young Palestinian girl killed during an air strike in Gaza in operation "Pillar of Defense." The reality was that the girl had died as a result of falling off a swing.
The distorted Palestinian chronicle of history and events has become all too familiar.
The anti-Israeli propaganda campaign has focused on a number of false charges. Zionism, the Jewish national movement, and therefore Israel is characterized as colonialism and oppressive. Israel is a racist country responsible for the plight of Palestinians in general, and for the problem of Palestinian refugees in particular. Israel has usurped the rights, land and natural resources of Palestinians, and destroyed Islamic holy places. Israel has conducted massacres in Jenin and Nablus, poisoned children, spread drug use, and committed war crimes.
The propaganda campaign continues with presentation of false charges and the reiteration of the fallacious Palestinian narrative of victimhood. The campaign has and may continue to achieve some acceptance by some in the international community, but if it is not confronted with exposition of its pernicious character, its harmful impact and lack of validity the battle for a peacefulsettlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict will be lost.

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Posted on 09/30/2013 12:00 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Monday, 30 September 2013
'You will be next': Hate preacher who recruited Nairobi mall massacre killers warns of attack on British soil
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A hate preacher wanted for recruiting killers to the group that massacred civilians at a mall in Nairobi warned yesterday that Britain was the next target. Abubaker Shariff Ahmed, who is known to his followers by the nickname Makaburi, meaning graveyard, said terrorists are planning to murder innocent Britons on their mission to impose Sharia law across the world.

Speaking exclusively to the Daily Mail, he named David Cameron as a specific target for the Al-Shabaab  terrorist group, which attacked the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, last Saturday.

Asked if terror would be brought to Britain, Makaburi said: ‘Yes. The British will be targeted personally. That means tourists on the streets will be killed. You will all die. The British should be taken out. Your presidents and your cabinets, they are guilty. Obama is a mass murderer. I would give my life to get his. Same thing with David Cameron. Yes, they should be killed.’

Mind you, we know we are a target, past experience shows we are a huge target, and I bet he says the same to all Europe’s press.

The Prime Minister, who chaired meetings of the Cobra crisis committee last week, said he had no intelligence of plans for an ‘imminent’ attack in Britain. But asked whether he was concerned that British-based Somalis might export terror to the UK, Mr Cameron said: ‘There is always a worry of  that and there is a hotbed of terrorism in Somalia that spills over into  other countries.’

Incredibly, Makaburi has not yet been questioned by officials in Kenya over the Westgate attack, despite being accused by the UN of being ‘a leading facilitator and recruiter’ of young terrorists in the region.

While he is said to have recruited ‘White Widow’ Samantha Lewthwaite to the group, he insisted yesterday that he does not know where she is or whether she was involved in the latest outrage. Describing Lewthwaite, 29, from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, Makaburi said: ‘I call her Samantha Fox. She is the fox. We know nothing about her. She does not exist. If it’s true then she is a superwoman.’

He warned that the Westgate siege was just the beginning of a series of attacks in revenge for Western intervention in Muslim countries. ‘It is justified,’ he said. ‘If I cannot live with my family, why should the British live with their families?’

Asked what he had been doing to pass the time in hiding, he flippantly replied: ‘I am preparing a bomb.’

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Posted on 09/30/2013 12:00 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 29 September 2013
Muslim Woman Discomforted by Truth at the Bartlett Festival in Tennessee
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The Bartlett Festival near Memphis is a major fall event in Shelby County, Tennessee.  Among the presenters at the Festival was the ACT! Memphis Chapter who paid the required  $50 fee to set up an information booth to present its views, free speech under our First Amendment.  The Memphis ACT! Booth at the bucolic Bartlett Festival had information that discomforted a local Muslim woman attendee.   She lodged a complaint triggering a local Channel 5 WMC TV news investigative report.  She said it had no place at a local family event with what she alleged was an anti-Muslim message. However, her action simply drew attention to the realities about the activities of the radical elements in the Shelby County Muslim Community thereby raising the visibility of the ACT! Memphis Chapter awareness campaign.

Watch the WMCTV report, Controversial Festival Booth.

Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Following the kerfuffle over the WMCTV report, the Memphis ACT! Chapter posted the following response on its website:

It is unfortunate that a woman was offended when ACT! Memphis staffed a booth at the Bartlett Festival.

But we must wonder;

  • Was she offended when a HAMAS Intelligence officer was found living in Collierville and deported?
  • Was she offended when the president of the Muslim Student Association at the University  of Memphis declared the that  MSA was a regular donor to the Holy Land Foundation, which was convicted in a federal trial in Dallas, TX of funding a terrorist organization, Hamas?
  • Was she offended when federal agents raided the Memphis home of a Syrian citizen and found a photograph of him shouldering a rocket-powered grenade launcher in Bosnia while standing next to an associate of Osama bin Laden?
  • Is she offended that the mortgage of a Memphis mosque is held by a front organization of the Iranian government that had its assets seized by the federal government?
  • Was she offended when an Islamic school in Memphis announced that they hired a consultant who was listed in a secret Muslim Brotherhood document that was seized as evidence by federal agents?
  • Was she offended when an Islamic school in Memphis had a former employee of the Holy Land Foundation as a guest speaker to introduce the new principal?
  • Is she offended that several mosques in Memphis are owned by NAIT, an organization that was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) trial, the largest terrorist financial case to be prosecuted in the United States?
  • Was she offended when a young man from Memphis was radicalized by persons at mosques in Nashville and after returning from "training" in Yemen, went on to shoot down two U.S. Army recruiters in Little Rock, killing one and seriously injuring the other?
  • Was she offended when federal agents raided the apartment of an Egyptian student, near the University of Memphis and next to a mosque and found an airline captain's uniform and a training video labeled, "How an Airline Captain Should Look and Act?" Was she offended when this student was deported for using a false Social Security number and determined to have been in the country illegally?

Yes, it seems the lady has much to be offended about. But exposing the truth is not one of them.

We had recently presented before the Memphis and Jonesboro ACT! Chapters  in mid-September through the  auspices of  their stalwart leaders, Mason Ezzell, III and Robert Norvell . We learned first hand about  problems with local Muslim Brotherhood front groups and Islamic Centers in both communities. We had written about the Shelby County MB contingent involved with the American Muslim Advisory Committee of Tennessee (AMACTN) and American Center for Outreach (ACO) in a June 2012 New English Review expose, Does Muslim Blasphemy Trump Free Speech in America?.  We also  knew about the local family court decision of 2007 recognizing Shariah in the custody battle between a Memphis ACT! Chapter stalwart, Rosine Ghawji and ex-husband, a local Syrian Muslim endocrinologist. 

“Truth is on the March” in  Shelby County, Tennesee  courtesy of the pro-active Memphis ACT! Chapter.

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Posted on 09/29/2013 12:00 AM by Jerry Gordon
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Sunday, 29 September 2013
A Musical Interlude: I've Got A Need For You (Adrian Rollini And His Tap Room Gang, Jeanne Burns)
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Posted on 09/29/2013 12:00 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Sunday, 29 September 2013
Musa Al-Gharbi On Two Failures: Libya, And Hillary Clinton
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Posted on 09/29/2013 12:00 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Sunday, 29 September 2013
From Boko Haram, An Object Lesson In Curriculum Development
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And Boko Haram, in West Africa, offers an echo of the Al-Shebaabat the Westgate Mall in East Africa by killijng fifty students at an agricultural college.. But the former are out to stop all learning outside "the Islamic sciences" and so are willing to kill fellow Muslims who, in their view, are willing to read other texts when "Book Is Haram." The latter, on the other hand, tried hard to identify fellow Muslims so as to spare them torture and death -- the fate of non-Muslims -- and to let them go unharmed, for there was no similiar issue about what they were reading outside of the good old Qur'an.

Read about it, as you can, for on the Internet no boko is haram, here.

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Posted on 09/29/2013 12:00 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Sunday, 29 September 2013
Has the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood waned in the Arab Spring?
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Mohamed Elibiary, Senior Fellow         Elibiary Twitter Page Photo

US DHS Advisory Committee and        with Muslim Brotherhood

Muslim Brotherhood Suuporter           Symbol

In the midst of the media attention drawn to the UN General Assembly session and President Obama’s alleged breakthrough with Iran’s new President Rouhani, there were important developments in the Middle East indicating that the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) influence in the Arab Spring may have waned.  Could these changes   indicate the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) might be on the run or at least forced to go underground, again? 

Last Monday, an Egyptian Court effectively banned the MB by ordering confiscation of the Islamist group’s assets and ending of allied activities. On Tuesday, the Egyptian interim government ordered the closing of the MB party newspaper, Freedom and JusticeThe Wall Street Journal   noted  shortly thereafter that action was followed by interim government instructions to public and private TV channels to post banners extolling “Egypt on the road to democracy" on its broadcasts "in order to reflect the new democratic path to development and construction".   In Tunisia, the MB Islamist Ennahda Party was pummeled by popular protests about its Islamist agenda, alleged assassination of opposition political leaders. It succumbed to demands for a more secular alternative.  The New York Times reported what happened this weekend in Tunis:

 In three weeks, the Ennahda-led government is to hand over power to an independent caretaker government that will lead the country through elections in the spring. The deal comes as part of negotiations to restart Tunisia’s democratic transition after secular opposition groups, protesting the assassinations of two of their politicians, stalled work on a new constitution and an election law this summer.

Ted Belman, editor and publisher of the Jerusalem-based blog, Israpundit, alerted us to an analysis of an important policy change in Qatar loses clout in Arab politics by Wizzam Keyrouz in the Dubai-based publication, Dawn.   His analysis suggests that the younger Emir in Qatar has a different agenda from his father who abdicated in June:

Three months after a new emir stepped in, Qatar’s political clout has shrunk following the ouster of Egypt’s Islamist president and with Riyadh emerging as the Syrian opposition’s main backer, analysts say.

Sheikh Tamimi bin Hamad Al-Thani, the youngest Arab head of state, succeeded his father Sheikh Hamad who abdicated on June 25.

It was a surprise move, especially coming at a time when the energy-rich Gulf state appeared to be at the peak of its political influence in the Arab world.

Just a week later, Egypt’s army ousted President Mohamed Morsi and began a crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood party and supporters.

“The collapse of the power of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt triggered the countdown for the end of Qatar’s influence,” said Antoine Basbous, head of the Paris-based Observatory of Arab Countries.

“This has negatively impacted the Islamists in Tunisia and militias close to the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya,” he said.

The emirate had extended political and financial support, through its influential Al-Jazeera satellite television, to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Tunisia’s Ennahda movement.

Even Qatar’s military was involved in Libya’s armed revolt which ousted Muammar Gadhafi.

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 “The foreign policies of Qatar have not changed. We do not support the Muslim Brotherhood and are at the same distance from all parties,” said a Qatar official requesting anonymity.

He noted that the new emir “has clear priorities on the internal level: this includes health, education and youths, and to pursue economic growth while controlling investments abroad.”

“Qatar’s profile has been regionally reduced since the Egyptian coup, but it still has economic weight, regionally and internationally,” said Gulf analyst Neil Partrick.

The new emir also seems “more cooperative than his father over trying to avoid support for the most dangerous armed jihadis in Syria,” said Partrick.

Clare Lopez, Senior Fellow at the Washington, DC, Center for Security Policy had this comment on the implications of the change at the helm in Qatar and the analysis by Keyrouz in Dawn:

I would be interested in hearing thoughts on why Qatari leadership took this move - was it primarily an economic decision, because the senior emir was draining the treasury so fast?  Or did it have to do with a realistic assessment of who and what the Brotherhood really is and the threat it could pose ultimately to Gulf monarchies, even a benefactor like Qatar?

These developments in Egypt, Tunisia and Qatar could signify the possible demise of MB influence in the Arab Spring.  

Perhaps it is time for Congress to question the appointment of US MB front group members to policy positions of influence in the Obama Administration counterterrorism programs.  We specifically refer to the re-appointment and apparent promotion  to a Senior Fellow position of Mohamad Elibiary, a self acknowledged supporter of the MB, to the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council.   Elibiary was appointed to the DHS advisory panel by former Secretary Janet Napolitano in October 2010 despite the controversy arising from  an alleged  leak of a confidential Texas Homeland Security data base.

Note what Andrew McCarthy said of Elibiary and his activities on the DHS advisory committee in a 2012  NRO article:

Elibiary, you’ll no doubt be stunned to learn, was also on the Obama DHS’s working group on “countering violent extremism.” That’s the brain-trust that helped devise the new Obama counterterrorism strategy I outlined (here and here) a few weeks back — the one that envisions having law-enforcement pare back their intelligence-gathering activities and take their marching orders from “community partners.” I call the new strategy “factophobia.”

As noted by Patrick Poole and the Investigative Project on Terrorism, Elibiary’s history includes an appearance at a conference honoring Ayatollah Khomeini; condemning the Justice Department’s successful prosecution of a Hamas-financing conspiracy designed by the Muslim Brotherhood (the Holy Land Foundation case); praise for Brotherhood theorist Sayyid Qutb; and an aggressive email exchange with Rod Dreher in 2006 (when Dreher, at the Dallas Morning News, countered Elibiary’s praise for Qutb), in which Elibiary reportedly called Dreher “a Klansman without a hood” [ACM: I think that means "Islamophobe"] and warned him: “Treat people as inferiors and you can expect someone to put a banana in your exhaust pipe or something.”

Despite  his support for ousted  Egyptian President  Morsi and the MB Elibiary remains in a sensitive position on the DHS Advisory Council from which he can influence  the agency’s counterrorism program.

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Posted on 09/29/2013 12:00 AM by Jerry Gordon
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Sunday, 29 September 2013
Pupils ordered to wear hijab out of school
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From the Sunday Times (behind the paywall) from where it has been taken up by the Mail on Sunday

A STATE-FUNDED school in Blackburn has become the first to force its pupils to wear a hijab both in and out of class.

Rules at Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School require its 800 pupils “to wear the hijab [Muslim headscarf] outside the school and home”, “recite the Koran at least once a week” and “not bring stationery to school that contains un-Islamic images”, such as pictures of pop stars.

Ten per cent of the students in the sixth-form wear the niqab veil which covers the face except the eyes.

Parents said the rules and exam results had attracted them to the school. Saheeda Dala, the mother of a 12- year-old pupil, said: “We chose the school because it is religious and Islamic, and when children grow up it is important that they are taught about the Islamic culture . . . If you start to cover up girls from the age of seven then they will grow up with it and they don’t feel that they should be showing their skin.”

The voluntary-aided school is the flagship of the Tauheedul charitable trust which wants to open 12 Muslim free schools across the country.

Three have been approved so far with one in Hackney opening this month, despite concerns raised by a former government advisor on the prevention of terrorism.

Concerns were raised about the Tauheedul charitable trust in a dossier given to the Department for Education by Haras Rafiq, a former government adviser on the prevention of extremism, in 2011. Despite it, the trust was granted approval to set up three free schools

In his dossier, Rafiq said Sheikh Abdul Rahman al-Sudais, a Saudi cleric who is alleged to have referred to Jews as “pigs” and the “scum of the human race”, had made a visit to the school. “I raised concerns in June 2011 with the Department for Education,” said Rafiq. “Despite presenting them with my findings, they decided to brush them to one side and go ahead and reward them with not just one school but three free schools.”

'I think it threatens to create young British Muslims who are not able to integrate in the wider society, who are living in isolation and outside the wider community.'

School headmaster Hamid Patel said some of the girls do not wear the hijab at home despite the school crackdown.

He also said that his organisation wanted to develop a network of 15-16 schools, including non-muslim pupils, who he challenged to apply. He also claimed that they have been asked to run failing schools with white working-class pupils. The areas Bolton, Preston, Waltham Forest and Slough were mentioned.

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Posted on 09/29/2013 12:00 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 29 September 2013
Boko Haram militants fire on sleeping students in college dorm in Nigeria
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From AFP via ABC News Australia and Sky News 

Boko Haram gunmen have stormed a college dormitory in Nigeria's conflict-scarred north-east, firing on students as they slept.

Area military spokesman Lazarus Eli said it was carried out by "Boko Haram terrorists who went into the school and opened fire on students," while they were sleeping. Gujba is roughly 30 kilometres from the state capital of Damaturu.

A police source, who requested anonymity, told the AFP news agency that initial reports indicated the death toll could be high but he was not prepared to discuss figures.

A hospital source in the Yobe state capital Damaturu, who asked not to be named, told Reuters that 26 bodies had been brought in from the scene of the attack.

College provost Molima Idi Mato said security forces were still recovering bodies so he could not give an exact number of dead but said up to 50 had been killed. He also said about 1,000 students had fled the scene.

Yobe has seen a series of brutal attacks targeting students in recent months, all blamed on Boko Haram.

There were no security forces stationed at the college despite government assurances, said Mr Mato.Two weeks ago, state commission for education Mohammmed Lamin urged all schools to reopen and promising protection by soldiers and police.

Most schools in the area closed after militants killed 29 pupils and a teacher, burning some alive in their hostels at Mamudo outside Damaturu on July 6.

The name Boko Haram means "Western education is forbidden" and the group has repeatedly attacked schools, universities and colleges during its four-year insurgency.

Got to keep up with al shabaab haven't we gentlemen?

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Posted on 09/29/2013 12:00 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 29 September 2013
EXCLUSIVE: Laser horror as attempts to blind pilots put UK passengers at risk
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From the Sunday Express again

THOUSANDS of planes coming in to land at Britain’s busiest airports are in danger of crashing because pilots are being 'blinded' by laser pen attackers.

Britain’s largest pilots’ union is so concerned by a recent spate of incidents it has issued an emergency bulletin to members advising them how to avoid being blinded and losing control of their planes.

Most of the attacks are on large commercial jets, but even military planes carrying injured troops home from Afghanistan to hospitals in the Midlands have been targeted. On May 4, 2011, a transporter plane carrying injured British troops from Afghanistan was hit by a green laser as it made its final approach to Birmingham airport. In September that year, two other military planes were targeted. One flying at 4,000ft was struck near Birmingham, while a fortnight later a plane at 2,000ft was targeted as it came in to land.

Police helicopters chasing criminals over densely populated areas are also regularly hit. In most cases the beams are being shone by mindless youths, but pilots and security experts worry terrorists could also use them.

The incidents are all contained in official reports logged with the Civil Aviation Authority and obtained by the Sunday Express.

Last year, 1,570 laser attack incidents were logged with the CAA and in 2011 the figure was 1,911. The beams have been spotted coming from moving cars, houses and hotels. Each incident is reported to the police but arrests and prosecutions are rare.

It has been an issue with pilots for several years, but July and August saw an alarming spike in the number of attacks on commercial jets. Entire pages of the CAA logs are littered with the phrase “green laser attack”.

Airports at Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, the East Midlands, Bristol, Heathrow and Gatwick all feature prominently.

British planes are also being targeted at foreign airports Cairo Airport in Egypt appears to be a particular problem, with one Boeing 767 carrying up to 250 Britons was hit “in excess of 100 times” by a green laser on July 28. Several incidents have also been reported at the country’s Red Sea tourist destination Sharm el Sheikh.

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Posted on 09/29/2013 12:00 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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