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Egypt's military government has done little to show itself as an improvement to the Mubarak regime, demonstrating an complete indifference to human life - a point to which this heartbreaking and well-made video attests. Continue reading
According to Coptic sources, the protesters Sunday night were beset by Islamic attackers who were rapidly backed up by military forces. Between 19 and 40 Copts were killed by soldiers and Muslim attackers. They were run over by military vehicles, beaten, shot and dragged through the streets of Cairo. Continue reading
"Occupy Wall Street groups will not be allowed to destroy public or private property, but they can organize more protests in other cities and they can say whatever they want about the U.S. government without being arrested or shot" Continue reading
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The absolutism of the far-Left dictates that life itself can be extirpated for the greater good. There appears little difference between the far-Left and the far-Right. The SWP is the National Front, the PSC is the EDL – all comrades in brutal iconoclasm. ‘Anti-War’ has become a useful soundbite for truthfully being anti-humanity – and we haven’t even started on the ‘anti-war’ movement’s support for terrorist organisations such as Hamas and Hezbollah. Continue reading
If, as Kant proposes, art is humanity, then the attempts by the Taliban to proscribe music - for fear of its enlightening effect upon the individual - illustrate that Islamists do not just fear the consequence of free artistic expression upon the society they wish to control so tightly; they fear the very notion of humanity itself. Continue reading
For the average Syrian, it seems this is out of the frying pan and into the fire. While Assad's secular police state would certainly not welcome Broterhood influence, as our earlier post notes, Syria seems to have little trouble supporting Islamist groups in neighbouring countries. Continue reading
It has been more than two and a half years since Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told to Israeli President Shimon Peres’s face, “You (Jews) know well how to kill.” Prime Minister Erdoğan has also declared more than a few times that the main obstacle to peace in this part of the world is Israel, once calling the Jewish state “a festering boil in the Middle East that spreads hate and enmity.” In this holy month of Ramadan full of blood on Muslim territories, let’s try to identify who are the ones who know well how to kill. Continue reading
This is a crosspost from Global MB Daily Report: Jordanian media is reporting that the French ambassador to Jordan has said that France has been “engaged” with the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan. According to a report to a MERI translation of a Jordanian news report: French Ambassador to Jordan Corinne Breuze told the Jordanian daily Al-Arab Al-Yawm that France has been engaged in dialogue with the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan. Breuze said that this dialogue began before the demands for reform in the kingdom, and that it is a legitimate dialogue, being held with a movement that operates legally and... Continue reading
In Europe, the recent acts of terrorism in Norway are being exploited by some to legitimize the claims of apologists for other forms of terror. The murderous attacks in a country famed for fish, tranquil fjords and illegally-brewed spirits are horrifying to any civilized soul. Continue reading
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I'm sure the Rt. Hon Jack Straw is aware that the Turkish investment in his visit to Turkey has been extremely rewarding for the Islamist Government. With this information, to others, perhaps, Straw's passionate defence of Turkey seems to have lost quite of bit of its legitimacy. Continue reading
With one Middle Eastern country after another being caught up in the turbulent grips of the Arab Spring, it seems that almost daily we encounter new examples of repression and abuse. This suffering cannot solely be measured by who has the highest death tolls or the most human rights abuses; to do so could trivialise the experiences of many who yearn for a different, better future. If we want to know how to make a difference for these people, we must ask what challenges stand in their way. This article searches for the answer to the important question: what or, perhaps more accurately, who will prevent the successful democratic transitions in these countries, further perpetuating the misery of so many millions in the Middle East? Continue reading
UN Watch Slams UNHRC for Ignoring Arab Suppression of Democracy Protesters Continue reading
The Raw Story has a report that Islamic charities in Saudi Arabia and the UAE are reported to pay poverty-stricken parents $6,500 per son to turn them into Jihadist fighters and suicide bombers. The Raw Story continues: Islamic charities from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates financed a network in U.S. ally Pakistan that recruited children as young as eight to wage holy war, a local newspaper reported on Sunday, citing Wikileaks. A U.S. diplomatic cable published by WikiLeaks said financial support estimated at $100 million a year was making its way from those Gulf Arab states to a... Continue reading
The real “nakba,” which is the story of the Arab apartheid. Tens of millions, among them Jews, suffered from the “nakba,” which included dispossession, expulsion and displacement. Only the Palestinians remained refugees because they were treated to abuse and oppression by the Arab countries. Below is the story of the real “nakba”. Continue reading
In another example of minors being subject to harsh sharia law, The Guardian has the story that Saudi Arabia has flogged a number of orphans for 'attacking' the head of their orphanage. The report does not mention of any investigation by the Saudi authorities on the welfare of the young orphans. The Guardian has the full story: Six orphan girls aged between 12 and 18 have been flogged in Saudi Arabia after being convicted of attacking the head of their orphanage, an official has said. The girls received 10 lashes each at a women's prison in Medina, Islam's second holiest... Continue reading
NGO Monitor has released a report detailing and analysing UK Government funding for various Israeli and Palestinian political advocacy groups. If the UK wishes to remain an objective and just player in the Middle East process, funding the delegitimisation network must stop immediately. Continue reading
Another Church has been attacked and burned down in Egypt by a mob of Muslim extremists on the basis of “a rumour” that the Church was holding captive a Christian woman who, they claim, wanted to convert to Islam. My guess is that it will pass largely unremarked as Liberal and Left opinion-makers cast an Nelsonian eye in its direction. There is growing evidence that the secular democratic revolution in Egypt will be victim to a Trojan Horse filled with theocrats. Let’s face it, little fuss was made or concern shown when it happened last time. On News Year’s Day,... Continue reading
Several media outlets have reported that BIn Laden, the Al-Qaeda leader responsible for 9/11, is dead, and that the US has his body. Continue reading
Kim Howells, a former Foreign Office Minister, has stated that “political correctness” is to blame for enormous increase in radicalism among the British Muslim population. I think that people were terrified of stirring up allegations of racism, of wanting to vilify a particular part of the community. There was a great reluctance to speak about them as a separate part of the community or a community that was undermining our way of life and threatening it. It was political correctness and it lasted really until the bombings of July in 2005 when everyone realised that these people simply didn't subscribe... Continue reading
The musical tradition of the Mirzrahi Jews in Israel, and the popularity with which their music has been received in neighbouring Arab states is evidence that directly refutes Saidism. A degree of assimilation between Arabs and Israelis has occurred partly because of the Mizrahim, whose music represents the bridge between East and West and invalidates the notion of an eternal divide. Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2011 at Reports and Briefings
Although well-meaning, this is a ridiculous/dangerous article for a variety of reasons, most of them due to absolute ignorance/stupidity. 1) "One key battle-line in liberalism today is Islam, which many fear more than the authoritarian state" No it's not, and no they don't. You've mixed up Islam and Islamism. The very fact that there are anti-Islamists Muslims who believe religion belongs to the individual and not the collective means this distinction must be made. People don't fear Islam; they fear Islamism - namely because it's the latter which wants to blow us all up. 2) "Many believe Islamism should be denied liberty for its illiberal views on homosexuality, female equality and secularism. This is disproportionate. Despite espousing similar beliefs, America’s Christian right, traditional Catholicism and the African Anglican Church are tolerated." Who believes 'Islamism should be denied liberty'? How does one deny liberty to an ideological force? The second sentence is even more bizarre: I don't see the American Right running a terrorist network that extends to almost every country on earth. I don't see Jew-hating Catholics infiltrating every student union, and African Anglicans haven't taken over Tower Hamlets Council and put up 'Death to Homosexual' posters. What a ridiculous moral equivalency! Religious groups can say some disgusting things, but none of them proactively pursue the means to actually enact their beliefs. Islamism is not a religious body; it is a set of political ideals with the most collectivist of desires. Again, you're mixing up Islam and Islamism. 3) "Violence and hatred are not shared by all advocates of political Islam – most of whom in the UK support peaceful co-existence." That's a poll of Muslims, not advocates of Islamism. Once again, you're mixing up Islam and Islamism (which by the way, is exactly the mistake that the absolutism of interfaith makes) 4) "Thus inter-faith dialogue can be effective in combating Islamic violence – the majority of British Islamists already adhere to the non-violent messages of the Koran. It is they who are best placed to build social links with other religions and with society as a whole." Disgusting. When has interfaith dialogue been effective in combating Islamic violence? Show me one example! Interfaith has SUBSTITUTED for actual response to the threat of Islamism. 'It is they who are best placed to build social links'. You want to GIVE power to the Islamists instead of to the actual Muslim community? What's wrong with you? That's exactly what Labour did, and it backfired horribly. And most of the time the money was finagled by Islamists who posed as peaceful social cohesion advocates thanks to the obsession with the interfaith agenda. 5) "It is by getting tolerance into Mosques, faith schools and Muslim homes that we will win hearts and minds." Erm, no? You get rid of radicalism by destroying the sources of radicalism - namely Government subsistence to Islamist groups, the flow of hundreds of millions of pounds from Saudi Arabia and Iran and the legitimisation of Islamist groups through interfaith agendas. Your chamberlain-esque appeasement plan is astoundingly ridiculous. It's been the tactic for the last ten years, and it has not gone well - that is, it has helped to encourage radicalism, made easier under the paternalism of state-sanctioned apology. 6) "When there is no dialogue, there is estrangement" You then go on to talk about the European pogroms against Jews. The European Jews DID assimilate, all by themselves, after the Haskalah. It was despite this assimilation, despite this 'dialogue' that the massacred occurred. Why? Because of the propagation of disgusting ideas! What was once national socialism is now the threat of Islamism. 7) "The more persecution occurred, the more the Jewish diaspora became segregated and the Zionists radicalised." I have no idea where you've got this from. It's just not true. THE HASKALAH! 8) "This is why free expression must be tolerated for all non-violent Islamists" Who said it shouldn't? Where are you getting this from? 9) "the only legitimate tool for a liberal society to use to counter illiberal belief." No. No No No. Give me one example of how or why this is/has ever been successful. In reality, the 'legitimate tool' to counter illiberal belief is liberalism itself, which INCLUDES freedom to condemn. 10) "My response to the interfaith apostates is that we do understand, even exaggerate the common threat of Islamism. But where does this refusal to extol the common ground get us? Afghanistan, Palestine and Iran show us what happens when dialogue fails; the inter-faith cooperation of Lebanon, Turkey..." We do not exaggerate the common threat of Islamism. It is heavily under exaggerated. Islamists now control the entire of Tower Hamlets Council. They fund universities, mosques, schools and charities. The organisations dedicated to fighting Islamism have no funding and very little support from Government. As ex-Islamists themselves, they would know; but it's great that you seem to understand otherwise. interfaith cooperation of Lebanon and Turkey? You mean the Lebanon now controlled by the Islamist organisation Hezbollah, whose stated purpose is to murder Jews and implement the horror of Iranian-style Islamism through Lebanon? Or Turkey, the once proudly secular nation whose Islamist government now funds terror groups like the IHH? You're failed states of 'Palestine' and Iran have been the consequence of 'interfaith' for decades. They've taken advantage of it because frankly, when the West is that stupid, who wouldn't? All I ask is this. I can provide a thousand examples where 'interfaith dialogue' has done terrible things. Purely by nature, it is destined to fail. Give me an example, even one if you can't think of many, where interfaith dialogue has lessened radicalism. One clear example. You'll fail because you believe we have 'give tolerance'. Tolerance isn't acquired; it's what you have left once you destroy the radical forces of intolerance.
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Jordan has a long and bloody history of brutally suppressing political opponents and instantly crushing militant and terror groups. The Institute for MIddle Eastern Democracy has previously written of the conflict between the Hashemite Government and Palestinian nationalist groups. Continue reading
A document purportedly drawn up by Syrian Intelligence clearly recommends that people attending the protests should be shot. The document, leaked to opposition groups, also recommends killing Syrian army units to justify further violence against the protesters. Continue reading