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Jihad in our motherland: "Ban on Islamic dress sparked Uygur attack"

I take you past the South China Morning Post pay-wall....
And, from our "just-because-it's-a-local-Chinese-government-spokesman-wot-said-it-doesn't-mean-it-ain't-true" department:
The spokesman also said: "In our point of view, these kind of women have been blindly affected by extreme religious thought.""The black and loose robes enable potential attackers to hide their weapons and, hence, pose a security threat to the safety of the public," he said.Right on, Comrade! 
Read the rest below the fold

Claudia Hammond doesn't mention Islam, in Ethiopian child brides case

Letter to BBC WorldService, World Have Your Say:


Summary comment:

Claudia Hammond's Health Check report of 20 July on Ethiopian child brides and the shocking health effects they suffer was interesting and disturbing.  
But I wonder why, amongst the reasons she explores as to why this practice persists in Ethiopia, she does not even touch on the single most important reason: Orthodox Islam.  
Marriage of pre- and pubescent children, especially girls, is countenanced, even encouraged, in orthodox Islam.  It is for that reason that the practice is, to use Ms Hammond's words so "deeply rooted in culture and society" in Ethiopia, and indeed other orthodox Islamic countries.  The practice is "deeply rooted" in Islamic doctrine, confirmed by Islamic religious and political authorities.

More background

Mother Jones rather misses the point

Let it not be said that I post only articles critical of Islam!  I'm always looking at the other side to see if there's anything of interest.  On the Mother Jones blog Stephan Salisbury says "Muslim bashing" has failed US politicians ("Why Islam-baiting doesn't work").  But the piece is largely ad hominem, and misses a key point: that the concern is about the ideology of Islam, not individual Muslims -- for his article, while headlined "Islam-baiting" mostly talks of "Muslim bashing", a very different thing.  Thoughtful critics of Islam -- there are many such and many very knowledgeable -- make a clear distinction between the ideology of Islam and individual Muslims.
Mind you, Republicans, or the conservative right more broadly, don't do themselves any favours by having ignorant representatives such as Renee Ellmers arguing the point. Here, she gets flayed by Anderson Cooper, even though his left/progressive views, the usual dre…

Finger pointing at China

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"... a few foreigners, with full bellies, who have nothing better to do than try to point fingers at our country… China does not export revolution, hunger or poverty; nor does China cause you any headaches. What else do you want?"

That was China's leader-elect, Xi Jinping speaking in Mexico in 2009.  I buy into that argument: that China has done a lot for its people.  Since 1979, the beginning of the opening up of the economy, some 500+ million Chinese have been raised out of poverty. That's surely an increase in human rights for them.
I was in China in the late seventies, the fag-end of the Cultural Revolution and I remember the drab clothes and drab views -- nothing out of line was ever expressed.  Now we have a raucous, roiling society, in which you can say pretty well anything you want -- just don't call for the overthrow of the communist party. Sure, there are human rights abuses, jailing of dissidents, rampant corruption.
But compared with how it was, Chin…

"Saudi Cleric: Islam Has No Minimum Age For Marriage"

This post is as interesting for who posted it, as for its content -- which is actually rather well-known, at least in anti-Jihad circles and in the world of Islam.  The poster is Law Professor Jonathan Turley, who's got a very heavy bio on his site and his blog was voted #1 "Legal Theory Blog" in 2009.
Interesting that it's not one of the "usual suspects" blogging it, or one of we horrid "Islamophobes" but more of a mainstream blog posting on the depredations of Islam.
Note the comments too: surprised or scornful that Islam should sanction the marriage of girls as young as nine, even unto today, for it was that "perfect example" Muhammad who did so.
Professor Turley has a slight disclaimer at the end: "...hope and trust that he [cleric Al-Arifi] is viewed as an extremist."  But it seems pretty cursory.

The Real Nakba

The real Nakba, the catastrophe, for Palestinians is not 1949 and the war their own leaders started and lost, but how badly they have been led by their "leadership", from Arafat to Abbas.
"31 Opportunities for statehood squandered in favour of genocide."  They could have had a two-state solution waaay back in '37, but it was never enough to their "leadership" for whom nothing less than annihilation of Israel would be enough.  Never accommodation; always annihilation.
And even now, the Palestinian people would rather have jobs than bogus UN "statehood", on which their "leadership" is squandering even more time.  That's even as "6 in 10 Palestinians reject the two-state solution."
When asked what Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s top priorities should be, 83% said creating jobs. Just 4% said getting the UN to recognize a Palestinian state, and only 2% said peace talks with Israel.
And yet pro Palestinians t…

Jihad enablers in our own backyard... funding terrorism from the China motherland....

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Good on Justice Barbara Kapnick for allowing the case against the Bank of China to go ahead in the United States.  The nub of it is:
"Victims of terrorist attacks against Israel by Hamas and the Palestine Islamic Jihad can proceed with a lawsuit accusing Bank of China Ltd. of knowingly allowing money transfers that funded the terror groups, a state judge in Manhattan has ruled."
Mind, knowing the Bank of China, as I do as occasional customer, I'd be more inclined to believe the old saying: "don't assume conspiracy, when simple incompetence can explain it."
Accepting that the Bank of China were informed of the Hamas link for the money they were transferring:  but did that get through to the right people? In time? In clear enough a manner (remember it's called "Chinese whispers"!)  Their systems are antediluvian, I assure you.

N.Y. Judge Allows Exploration of Bank of China's Alleged Role in Terrorism, from Law.com, July 18.

Misogyny is charitable; opposing it isn't: Ex Muslims speak out

The redoubtable Maryam Namazie is head of One Law for All, the organisation that stand for what it says: that is, one law for Britain, one law legislated by parliament, and applied without fear or favour throughout the green isles.
Standing up for this principle would have seemed odd a while ago, for it would have been taken as given: of course the law of the land was the law for all.  But now it needs to be stood up for -- support for this basic principle of all democracies in the west is needed now in response to one thing, and one thing alone: the push for Sharia law.
Think that's not on the cards? Think again. It already is: there are some 87 Sharia tribunals in the UK, which affect Muslims and non-Muslims alike and which do harm to the rights of women and children in particular.
The OLfA report with details of those harms is here.
Maryam is also head of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain: brave people who have put their names and photos on their website and their Manifest…

Google alerts -- Islam (vii)

Part of short-term series: Today Three, all C(ritical):

The PJ Tatler » Priest Fights Fire with Fire Against Islam
By Raymond Ibrahim
Priest Fights Fire with Fire Against Islam. When it comes to debating Islam, which is more successful: articulating your position through a secular or religious paradigm? Read about the courageous Father Zakaria Botros—the man al-Qaeda ...
The PJ TatlerThe Influence of Radical Islam, Propaganda, The Internet And Home ...
By jmchenry (Profile)
In combating terrorism, the intelligence and justice communities face new threats from internet based recruitment and American based radicals. One of the.
RedStateEXCLUSIVE: “Sister Wives” Lawsuit is Front for Islam, Sharia ...
By Debbie
It's about Islam, Muslims, and Islamic terrorists, who make up a good portion of the clientele of the plaintiffs' lawyer in this suit, Jonathan Turley. Make no mistake, Turley–sleazebag lawyer for Islamic terrorists, including Islamic ...
Debbie Schlussel

There should be more Philo-Semites in the World

I've realised that I'm a "philo-semite":
"Philo-Semitism (also spelled philosemitism) or Judeophilia is an interest in, respect for, and appreciation of the Jewishpeople, their historical significance and the positive impacts of Judaism in the history of the western world, in particular, generally on the part of a gentile."
I learned the term after listening to the BBC Worldservice "Witness" program, which this morning was about the Crusades, specifically the first one, in 1096.  Being the Beebs, of course the Crusades came out looking terrible: it was all the fault of the Christians, who went on murderous rampages, leaving the streets flowing in blood to the knees, only beaten back by the brave Muslim warrior Saladin.  The true story of the Crusades, and especially the first one, is rather more of a reaction to the Islamic invasions from Arabia to Europe.  Still, leave that aside for the mo....
The Beeb's guest was Simon Sebag Montefiore auth…

"Move to link Koran with core Australian values"

Oh, what a good idea!  Bonzer!
I've read the Koran -- several times, in different translations -- and the one thing that doesn't jump out at me is just how... Aussie its values are.
Maybe I missed something.  So I went back specifically seeking that "fair go and tolerance" the imams are tasked with finding... and found..... nope, not a one, not a verse, not a surah.
(I did find plenty of verses, though, telling Muslims to hate the infidels; to attack the infidels; to terrorise the infidels.... what to do with those, oh bright ones in the Aussie multicultural bureaucracy?)
And note how much money they (The Australian Multicultural Foundation) will give to this program: $A 55,000.  Gee, that'll go a long way... not!  Mosques in Australia would get that much daily from Saudi Arabia.  And not exactly for promoting Aussie or western values...
This program really just shows how clueless are those in charge of "Muslim integration into mainstream society".
Fur…

Creationism and Evolution: à la Doonesbury

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Classic! The inimitable Doonesbury.  (Click to enlarge)

"An illiberal consensus", Condell on the UK left media

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At 3:15The Guardian and the BBC are both pillars of a kind of British metropolitan multi-culti middle class left wing prickocracy whose days are numbered....”

"DSK Affair's Missing 62 Minutes"

Fascinating stuff!  And worth reading Epstein's "reckoning" of the time line.
As one of the commenters said: "the followers of cancelled daytime soaps are migrating to the Daily Beast's blog".
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Before making such a momentous decision, hotel officials might have decided to consult other concerned parties. A call, for example, might have been made to the French Consulate or Embassy. (DSK, after all, was a former minister and head of the IMF.) If so, word likely would have quickly reached the Elysée Palace or its DCRI intelligence service. Or a call might have been made to superiors at the Accor Group in Paris. If so, the information may have also reached the Elysée Palace.The French newsweekly Le Nouvel Observateur reportedthis week that suspicions were circulating that someone from the Accor Group at some point alerted Ange Mancini, Sarkozy’s Karl Rove-like coordinator of information in the Elysée. A spokesman for the Accor Group called this report basel…

Richard Dawkins on Islam

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One of the great Atheists of the world, an equal-opportunity critic of all religions, nevertheless singles out Islam for particular approbrium: rightly, of course, because it is indeed sui generis.  It is unique amongst world religions in having a doctrine, theology and jurisprudence which mandates war against unbelievers.  Or, in the rather more robust language of Dr Dawkins:
Islam deserves criticism on account of the logical consequences of its dogma, namely, that the murder of fellow human beings is to be rewarded with sensual pleasure in a hedonistic ‘Paradise’- a concept born in the fantasies of an Arab rebel some fourteen centuries ago. The religion of Mohammed is a dangerous system when the teachings and example of the ‘prophet’ are believed and followed.
In the video below, he minces no words. All of what he says about Islam, is factually true.  Islamapologists like John Esposito want to see the muzzling of any criticism of Islam on the basis that it's "hate speech&quo…

"Assimilation's Failure, Terrorism's Rise"

Quite remarkable that the left-of-centre New York Times should carry an article on July 6, critical of multiculturalism in any way, for it's been an article of faith on the left that multiculti has been an unalloyed good thing.

In "Assimilation's Failure, Terrorism's Rise" Kenan Malik sees the harm the policy has brought to societies in which it's been practice.  He distinguishes between:
(i) Multiculturalism as "mass immigration", which he says has been "a boon to western Europe" (surely an arguable proposition, especially from a working-class perspective), and
(ii) Multiculturalism as policy, which he argues -- quite persusively -- has empowered more conservative elements (aka "radical" or "extremist"), particularly in the Muslim community.

I think there's a lot in this analysis, especially in the critique of multiculturalism as policy.  There's been rather too much of a tendency in the Jihad-watching communi…

Israel is not an "apartheid" state (ii)

I keep hearing this calumny, including from the most well-meaning and educated people.  But it's clear that well-read as they may be, it's not on the issue of apartheid South Africa and modern Israel.  There is simply no water to be held in the notion that Israel is an "apartheid state".  That's a Palestinian calumny and not true.
Another article on the issue....

Google alerts -- Islam (vi)

Part of a short-term series.  Today's count: A= 3  N = 2 (none C(ritical) today)

Mike Ghouse: Islam, America and July 4th
By Mike Ghouse
Freedom is one of the most cherished values of humanity and I am pleased to share its arrangement in American and Islamic space. Both emphasize the freedom of conscience, justice and liberty.
The Huffington Post Full Blog FeedScientology and the Nation of Islam: A Heartwarming Independence ...
By Tony Ortega
There's nothing like the Fourth of July weekend to amp up our pursuit of happiness and help us reflect...
Runnin' ScaredReligion Clause: Bangladesh Constitution Amended: Secular State ...
By Howard Friedman
However, Islam was retained as the state religion and the Arabic phrase "Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim" (and its translation "In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful/ In the name of the Creator, the Merciful") was made a part of ...
Religion ClauseNATO's Libyan War Is 'Like Fast Food,' Qaddafi's…

Sarah Shourd: 'All I did was cry and beat at the walls'

Check out Sarah Shourd in this video.  She's such a prim and proper poppet, a younger version of Julie Andrews.  In the full version of this video, she mentions support she's had from various "peace activists", among them Noam Chomsky, Muhammad Ali and Yusuf Ali.  Goodness me!  Apart from the boxer, who might be excused for being punch drunk, the other two are arch-haters of the west.  Chomsky has never met an anti-American sentiment that he didn't embrace, the latest one his suggestion, in the wake of the killing of Osama bin Laden, that Al-Qaeda would now be justified in killing W. Bush.  Yusuf Ali, ex Cat Stevens, is infamous for calling for the hanging of Salman Rushdie, for his publication of a book.  Some "peace activists".  Yet for the likes of Ms Shourd, anyone who wants the destruction of Israel, is a "peace activist" up to and including the monsters in Tehran, for whom she has kind words.
From the BBC site:
Sarah Shourd was arrested w…

Charlie Rose: Inside Islam

I really enjoy watching Charlie Rose on a Saturday morning, live from the Bloomberg HQ in New York. He's a liberal, to be sure, but questions fairly and knowledgeably.  In this video, he's relied on a group of people all of whom are apologists for Islam.  I wonder if he will have knowledgeable critics in a later part of this series, which he's calling "Inside Islam".
A couple of quick points:
At 31:35 Charlie asks professor Miriam Cooke of Duke University:
"tell me what hopes you have, what you would like to see happen in the understanding of Islam.  What are your deepest and most profound hopes?".
And she answers: "I would hope that Islam could return to being just a religion" [ie to take out the political element].
And Charlie says "Well said".
What this reveals is two things: (1) that professor Cooke knows nothing about Islam and (2) that Charlie Rose knows nothing about Islam.
Right at the outset Islam was a political movemen…

Chinese media: a refreshing change of pace

I agree with Mark O'Neill, below, from his "New faces" of 1st July.  I watch Chinese TV (and Russian and Al-Jazeera), when I'm at the gym -- they don't have cable, just free-to-air....

"...In the past four years,  Beijing has spent billions on media to reach the foreign audience - adding TV channels in Russian, French, Spanish and Arabic to the English one launched in 2000, and the Mandarin channel for overseas Chinese. The programmes are presented by well-groomed and highly trained foreigners as well as Chinese, many of them educated abroad with a good sense of how to appeal to their audience. "China Daily has just expanded its Asian edition, with new content on Asian issues and for distribution in Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, Singapore and India, giving it a pan-Asian reach. While budget cuts are forcing the Western media to close foreign bureaus around the world, Xinhua and other Chinese media are opening new offices everywhere. Voice of America and BBC …

Google alerts -- Islam (v)

Part of a short-term series.  Today, C(ritical) = 2 and A(pologist) = 1.


Islam: the ongoing Sunni Islamic inquisition | FaithFreedom.org
By Lee Jay Walker
6/30/2011 Islam: the ongoing Sunni Islamic inquisition Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times SUMMARY: The history books tell us that.
FaithFreedom.orgRadical Islam Passing through Greece | EuropeNews
By pk
Radical Islam Passing through Greece. World Press Review 30 June 2011. By Ioannis Michaletos. Greece is an E.U., NATO and Eurozone country that has traditionally strong links with the Islamic world due to the geographical proximity with ...
Islam Will Find Its Own Way to Freedom « Public Discourse
By Mustafa Akyol
Islam Will Find Its Own Way to Freedom. by Mustafa Akyol. July 1, 2011. With extremism losing momentum, there is hope that the Muslim Middle East is beginning once again to embrace the liberalism of early 20th-century Islam...
Public Discourse

As if Greece didn't have enough troubles....

Not just keeping afloat on a rising tide of debt, there's now a report of Greece being used as a staging post for international Islamic terrorism and a "breeding ground of radicals".  From Europe News, 30 June:
Greece's geographical placement, in addition to the wider culminations in the Mediterranean that have unfolded over the past year, has sounded alarm bells over the peril of the country being used as a regional logistics hub for international Islamic terrorists and a breeding ground of radicals amongst the communities of illegal immigrants from Islamic countries.Read it all....

"Cameron brought up real fears". Letter on Islamism and bigotry in Europe

They ran my letter in today's South China Morning Post under the headline above.  
This issue brings to mind moves by some parties in Hong Kong to target the Islamic vote, a move that could encourage the "segregated communities" Cameron highlights.
Cameron brought up real fears
In February, British Prime Minister David Cameron gave a speech in which he set out his views of radicalisation and Islamist extremism. Virginie Guiraudon has called his speech an example of "official xenophobia" ("Face of bigotry", June 23).
With this smear on Mr Cameron, she signally fails to note his key message: that "passive" or "hands-off" tolerance of segregated communities allows the promotion of radical Islamist ideology by "young dynamic leaders who promote separatism". The truth of this observation is beyond reasonable dispute. David Cameron is not a xenophobe. It is not xenophobia to state that a genuinely liberal country believes in and pro…

Sharia Law advancing in the UK

The growth of Islamic finance comes as other aspects of Sharia law are becoming enshrined in the British legal system. At least 85 Islamic Sharia courts are now operating in the country, almost 20 times as many as previously believed. A recent study by the London-based Civitas think tank titled "Sharia Law or 'One Law for All'?" found that scores of unofficial tribunals and councils regularly apply Islamic law to resolve domestic, marital and business disputes, many operating in mosques. It warns of a "creeping" acceptance of Sharia principles in British law. Somewhat belated efforts are now being made to push back against the spread of Sharia in Britain. Under a new bill introduced in the House of Lords, the lower chamber of the British Parliament, on June 7, Islamic courts would be forced to acknowledge the primacy of English law. The Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill would make it an offense punishable by five years in jail for anyone fals…

Niqabs and Burkas as security threats

I don't usually read "The Star" of the UK, but I came across "Spooks unmask burka death squads" recently. Are the figures right?  I don't know, except that the one of 2,200 people on a "watch list" is a figure revealed last year by MI6, and if anything I would guess it might be on the low side.
Daniel Pipes has been keeping count of the number of crimes committed by people -- men and women --- wearing niqabs or burkas.  It runs into the hundreds of cases and counting
Apart from security concerns, the two other main reasons to object to niqabs and burkas are:
1.  They are a symbol of oppression of women: both by their men, and by their peers.  OR, if not this, then,  necessarily... 2.  They are a symbol of the piousness of the wearer.  The more pious the wearer, the more adherence to the core doctrine of Islam.  The core doctrine of Islam is for Islam to be "triumphant" in the world.


Update: "Dance of the post-modern veils".  Steyn…

Israel is not an "apartheid" state

I lived in apartheid South Africa for a year in 1967 and had experience of its nastiness at ground level.  There is nothing to compare to the inclusiviness of democratic Israel. Robert Wistrich in Ynet news, "The Myth of Zionist racism", on 12 June:

"The apartheid analogy and the myth of Zionist racism are classic examples of cynical political warfare aimed purely at stigmatizing or delegitimizing Israel out of existence. Such fabrications totally disregard the context and content of South African apartheid, based on an institutionalized discrimination anchored in a formidable array of strictly enforced racial laws.

"From birth to death it was always skin color and statutory race classification that determined human and civic rights in white-controlled South Africa. The black majority (90% of the population) had no right to vote or to be elected; it could not freely choose its place of residence, work or occupation. Mixed marriages or even sexual relations across th…