AP pretends to have epiphany: Hamas did use human shields, but ...

The title of an AP piece, “Evidence growing that Hamas used residential areas,” offered hope the Associated Press was acknowledging the truth, but it was a pretense.

The title appeared to recognize that Hamas used civilian buildings to launch rocket attacks against Israel, but AP simply demolished any culpability on Hamas’ part.

The piece began by suggesting that even if Hamas used civilian buildings, they had no choice...


Islamic State’s actions ‘close to genocide,’ says NATO chief

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks in Brussels on Monday in a farewell speech as the organization's top civilian official. Associated Press

BRUSSELS— Anders Fogh Rasmussen, secretary-general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, strongly backed the U.S.-led mission against Islamic State on Monday, saying the group's actions were "very close to genocide."

NATO has little, if any, role in the operation, and not all NATO members are taking part, especially given a certain war weariness in various countries. But Mr. Rasmussen said, "We have seen again and again that appeasement does not lead to peace, it just incites tyrants."

In an address whose ringing tones recalled the Cold War, Mr. Rasmussen, who steps down at the end of the month, said the West faces a an "arc of crisis and instability" stretching from Eastern Europe to the Middle East, revolving around the two poles of Islamic State and Russia.

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Evening photo: Sunset at Xingping

The sun sets over the mountaintops in Xingping, China, in this photo by National Geographic Your Shot member James Bian.

“Guilin and the Li River are famous for their beautiful landscape,” he writes. “Visiting this area [has been] my dream. Before the trip, I selected a couple of locations to photograph sunrise and sunset, and Laozhai mountain was one of them. On a clear afternoon, I hiked to the peak an hour before sunset on a trail built and maintained by a Japanese gentleman (which saves a lot of energy for photographers). The view was overwhelming, with the Li River making a 180-degree turn right under my feet. I spent most of my time focusing on a wide-angle view until I realized that leaving the river out and just zooming in on the peaks and sun was a much better composition.”


Iraqi Christians seek refuge in Lebanon amid anxiety

In this photo, some of the Iraqi Christians who fled to Erbil walk past decorations displayed in commemoration of the Elevation of the Holy Cross festival, Erbil, Sept. 15, 2014. (AFP)

Sitting in the Caritas Migrant Centre in East Beirut, Bahaa Somo opened a small translucent folder, removing a receipt for a Kia Cerato, before placing it on the table. On Aug. 8 August Somo and his family fled the Assyrian town of Batnaya, 20 kilometers north of Mosul, as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria advanced in the area.

Awoken during the night with rumors spreading that ISIS fighters were encircling surrounding villages, Somo drove the Kia Cerato from Batnaya to Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan Iraq, where he sought safe haven in an Assyrian church in the city’s Ankawa district. Two days later he sold the car, using the windfall to purchase a hotel room for his pregnant wife, and six airplane tickets to Beirut for himself and his family.

“We left with only the clothes we were wearing. If I hadn’t had the car I wouldn’t have been able to buy the tickets. I was lucky,” said Somo.

“There are problems along the Lebanese – Syrian border but for now I feel safe here. I won’t return to Iraq,” continued Somo, whose family relocated to Batnaya from Baghdad in 2004 following an outbreak of sectarian attacks targeting Christian communities in the Iraqi capital.

“I can’t see a future for me in Iraq”...


Iran supreme leader spurns U.S. overture to fight Islamic State

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei left a hospital in Tehran on Monday, a week after he underwent prostate surgery.

Sept 15 (Reuters) - Iran’s supreme leader said on Monday he had personally rejected an offer from the United States for talks to fight Islamic State, an apparent blow to Washington's efforts to build a military coalition to fight militants in both Iraq and Syria.

World powers meeting in Paris on Monday gave public backing to military action to fight Islamic State fighters in Iraq. France sent jets on a reconnaissance mission to Iraq, a step towards becoming the first ally to join the U.S.-led air campaign there.

But Iran, the principal ally of Islamic State’s main foes in both Iraq and Syria, was not invited to the Paris meeting. The countries that did attend - while supporting action in Iraq - made no mention at all of Syria, where U.S. diplomats face a far tougher task building an alliance for action.

Washington has been trying to build a coalition to fight Islamic State since last week when President Barack Obama pledged to destroy the militant group on both sides of the Iraqi-Syrian border.

That means plunging into two civil wars in which nearly every country in the Middle East already has a stake. And it also puts Washington on the same side as Tehran, its bitter enemy since the Islamic revolution of 1979.

In a rare direct intervention into diplomacy, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Washington had reached out through the Iranian embassy in Baghdad, requesting a meeting to discuss cooperation against Islamic State.

Khamenei said that some Iranian officials had welcomed the contacts, but he had personally vetoed them...


Does moderate Islam exist?

Until the leading Islamic scholars provide a peaceful theology that clearly contradicts the violent views of the IS, the existence of a “moderate Islam” must be questioned

The guiding principle of the Islamic State (IS) is that Muslims must fight non-Muslims all over the world and offer them the following choices: Convert to Islam, pay a humiliating tax called “Jijya,” or be killed. This violent doctrine was the primary justification for the Islamic conquests by the early Muslims.

Following the latest in a long string of inhumane and barbaric attacks by the IS, who only offer these three options to non-Muslims, it becomes mandatory to ask whether this principle IS uses is Islamic or Un-Islamic.

In other words, can a young Muslim become more religious—and more obedient to Allah—without subscribing to this ancient brutality? Will he be able to find an approved Islamic theological source or interpretation that clearly contradicts this principle, or at least teaches it in a different way (i.e., contextualizing it in time and place)?

The sad answer is: No, he cannot...

The writer is an Islamic thinker and reformer, and a one-time Islamic extremist from Egypt. He was a member of the terrorist organization JI with Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, who later became the second-in-command of al-Qaida. He is currently a senior fellow and chairman of the study of Islamic radicalism at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. www.tawfikhamid.com


TDSB Trustees Swill Your Money Like Pigs At A Trough

Toronto trustees expense everything from $28 cookies to $4,000 walking tours of Israel

Gerri Gershon: a $22.82 floor mat, “frequent meal claims,” and a book at the airport. The veteran trustee charged a $3,765 tour of Israel, explaining to the Star that the trip was to promote interfaith relations after one of her schools came under fire for providing space for Muslim prayers. She said she “Tweeted the entire trip.”

h/t Sanwin


Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, announces new album and first North American tour in 35 years -- one to ignore

Yusuf Islam with a gnomic beard

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, has announced the release of his first new album in five years. Entitled “Tell ‘Em I’m Gone,” it will be released on October 27th.
Islam will support his new album by embarking on his first North American tour in 35 years...

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He will be in Toronto on Dec 1, 2014. Be sure to tell your friends and relatives not to buy anything by this p.o.s. (in case they don’t already know).

The list of song names (at the link) don’t sound Islamic but no doubt he will be using the money to fund his various Islamic causes, so it “permitted.”

Let us hope all the bad publicity from ISIS will keep the turnout on his tour low.


Help Fund This Book - Lynched: The Media War against Rob Ford

This campaign’s goal is to raise $6,500 for a book covering the media war against Mayor Rob Ford under the working title “Lynched: The Media War against Rob Ford.” I am a Toronto-based writer and blogger, who has followed these events for years (often with total disbelief). Why is it important to publish a book about a person, who has been loathed by so many people?

Very few politicians in the history of Canada have been the target of such vicious and continuous campaign for destruction, organized by the media and special interest groups, as Rob Ford has been. The attacks started long before any of his personal problems were revealed. The lack of any sympathetic coverage about a man, who has dedicated his life to serving the taxpayers, is disturbing. Canada is described routinely as being one of the most polite and tolerant countries in the world, yet the “progressive” media here can easily destroy a person with the “wrong” political views.

The author is well known to all of us here at BCF, none other than Blogwrath!


Trannies win right to choose dressing room after human rights complaint against Hockey Canada

TORONTO -- Minor hockey players in Ontario are now able to choose a dressing room based on whether they see themselves as male or female following settlement of a human rights complaint against Hockey Canada.

The agreement, which also includes an educational component, is aimed at protecting young transgender players from discrimination and harassment.

New NHL Franchise! The Toronto Trannies... has a nice ring to it


In Search of the ‘Moderate Islamists’ - The Muslim Brotherhood is the best Obama can do

The Obama administration is quite intentionally promoting the progressive illusion that “moderate Islamists” are the solution to the woes of the Middle East, and thus that working cooperatively with “moderate Islamists” is the solution to America’s security challenges.


Muslim Day Parade- 2014

"These guys actually thought they were going to march down Madison avenue brandishing rather real looking 'guns'. As part of the Egyptian Black Hand Muslim Bro Brigade. Whipping. Hanging. Beating. Death. What a nice family parade meant to celebrate the common VALUES held my Americans and Muslims."


ISIS fighter, who once played for a Jewish football club, goes on trial in Germany

Alleged jihadist Kreshnik B (C) waits next to his lawyer Mutlu Guenal (L) as he arrives at the higher regional court in Frankfurt. (AFP)

A 20-year-old “German” man went on trial in Frankfurt on Monday on charges he was a member of the extremist Islamic State group, the first such case to come to court in Germany.

Prosecutors allege that Kreshnik Berisha, who once played for a Jewish football club, traveled last year to Syria and fought with the group before returning to Germany five months later.

Berisha, who faces up to 10 years in prison for membership of a foreign terrorist organization, was arrested at Frankfurt airport in December and has been held in detention since.

Heightened security measures have been put in place for the trial, which is expected to last until at least November. It opens just days after Germany formally banned Islamic State symbols and any propaganda activity for the group...


Lawyers will say anything... Jamila Bibi risks stoning if deported to Pakistan, lawyer says

Bashir Khan says Canada risks breaking international law if Bibi, 65, is deported to her native Pakistan on Tuesday.​

"She has outstanding criminal charges [in Pakistan] that have been filed against her for the crime of adultery," Khan said in an interview with CBC News.

"She is a target for honour killing by her ex-husband's family. The Islamic way of doing that is stoning to death."


Elder of Ziyon: Hamas, Islamic Jihad stress importance of using media as ‘resistance’

Ismail Haniyeh gave a speech on May 25 (translation from BBC Monitoring, received via email) describing Hamas’ views of the media:

“We have to develop a media strategy that supports resistance and jihad on the land of Palestine.

The resistance person who carries a rifle must have another resistance person standing behind him and carrying a pen so as to provide the media and political cover for this resistance and to embrace this blessed jihad.

This is the necessary integration between the resistance of the bullet and the resistance of the word. This is essential and necessary so that we can accomplish the project of national liberation, God willing.”

(Al-Aqsa Satellite TV, Gaza)
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Horses Ass Justin Trudeau cries Islamophobia over criticism of his support of Jihadi "Canadians"

Justin Trudeau cries 'Islamophobia!' over criticism of his position on Canadians involved in terrorism.


Twitchy: This ‘crass’ remark by Piers Morgan after Haines beheading is unbelievable

He is apparently talking about a soccer game. More at Twitchy.


Video: College Students Sign Petition in Support of ISIS

I can only assume that the college students who were willing to sign my petition calling on President Obama to support the terror group, were ignorant to the group's existence.

God, I hope so!


No Surprise... Yale's Muslim Students Association Lied In Its Attempt To Rally Against Hirsi Ali

Yale's Muslim Student Association is under fire for forging signatures on their petition condemning women's rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali. According to the Yale Daily News, the MSA erroneously included organizations in its open letter challenging the William F. Buckley club's decision to hear Hirsi Ali speak about Islam...


Why did we bother? Afghan Female lawmaker endorses Taliban and Islamic State

A female Afghan lawmaker Huma Sultani has said she supports the Taliban ideology and endorses an Islamic State in Afghanistan, similar as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

An audio tape of Huma Sultani which circulated in social media websites shows that she has close links with the Taliban group in Afghanistan.


Western leaders indecisive in face of ISIS

"...Mulcair's call not to act without the support of our international partners would surrender our sovereignty to our most irresolute ally. And he favours humanitarian aid, as though bandages were the right response to someone going about lopping off heads. So does Trudeau, who also favours peacekeeping where there is no peace to keep."


Austrian teenage 'postergirl' jihadist who ran away to Syria to join Islamists just weeks ago is believed to have been killed

One of two Austrian teenage 'postergirls' who flew to Syria in April to join Islamic State ranks is believed to have been killed.

Samra Kesinovic, 16, and her friend Sabina Selimovic, 15, vanished from their Vienna homes earlier this year.

Soon afterwards they posted images of themselves branding Kalashnikov rifles, surrounded by armed men - photos which Austrian police feared were acting as militant recruitment posters for young girls.


Oklahoma: Lawmaker out of line with Muslim quotes

Stoking the fires of prejudice and fear certainly is not new in the political arena. But that doesn’t mean making such comments gets a free pass.

Recently, Rep. John Bennett, R-Sallisaw, said: “The Quran clearly states that non-Muslims should be killed. Arab is the ethnicity, not Muslim or Islam. Be wary of the individuals who claim to be ‘Muslim-American.’ Be especially wary if you are Christian.”

He said he has no intention of apologizing, and that is evident.

Picking and choosing and taking verses of the Quran out of context is a frequent, but no less repulsive, trick for those out to curry favor from certain blocks of voters.

Such cherry-picking, along with charges, among others, that the Council on American-Islamic Relations has ties to terrorist organizations, is unfair.

CAIR and other Islamic organizations, as well as Muslim individuals, have denounced the actions of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, including the beheading of two Americans...


‘No Jews, no Jews’

Sports Direct has apologised after two schoolboys were barred from a store by a security guard who allegedly told them: ‘No Jews, no Jews’.

The sports retailer removed the worker from its outlet in Borehamwood in Hertfordshire after he reportedly told the Year 7 students they could not enter.

Both youngsters attend Yavneh College, a Jewish secondary school in the town, and were wearing their school uniform at the time.


Toronto: Protest-Concert to mark 1 year anniversary of #MigrantStrike - No One is Illegal

w/ Indigenous & PoC Artists from Across Turtle Island

CLOUD GARDENS (short walk to concert site)

On September 17, 2013, 191 migrants jailed in a Lindsay maximum-security prison went on hunger strike against their endless detention without trial or charge. Over the last year, despite being locked in cages, their resistance has continued. They have boycotted their detention reviews, refused to go on lock down, and refused unjust prison orders. As a result, strike leaders have been deported, faced coercion and fines while some have been released. They continue.

On the outside, we have mobilized to support. We have beaten down the doors of immigration enforcement headquarters, we have shown corruption in the detention review process, and we have even won a case at the United Nations.

On September 17th, we gather to celebrate and to remember. We will come together as families and friends of those jailed without an end in sight. We will express our outrage at the recent racist anti-immigrant raids in Keele-Finch. We will strengthen our struggle to overthrow prisons and border controls that separate, detain and deport us. We will pledge our commitment to fighting alongside Indigenous nations asserting sovereignty. We will insist these walls must fall. AND WE WILL DANCE.

No One Is Illegal! Freedom to Move, Return, Stay!

Actions taking place in many other cities, find one near you.



Man admits he attacked British MP Galloway

George Galloway, a member of the minority Respect Party, speaks after winning the Bradford West seat in March 2012

A man admitted Monday attacking firebrand left-wing lawmaker George Galloway on a London street, but denied it was a religiously aggravated assault and so will face trial.

Neil Masterson, 39, was remanded in custody at Isleworth Crown Court in London and will stand trial on November 10.

Masterson, a full-time caregiver who used to work as a manager at the BBC and for the Department for Work and Pensions, admitted assaulting Galloway on August 29 by beating him, but denied the charge of religiously aggravated common assault.

Masterson had been accused of attacking Galloway for being anti-Semitic.

“He said he carried out the attack because he felt the victim was enemy of Judaism,” prosecutor Tom Gill said at a September 1 hearing.

Masterson also admitted assaulting another man, Mostafa Maroof, on the same date...


Jihad Watch: Muslim UN ‘high-level expert’ says Muslims in West become terrorists because of ‘Islamophobes’ and counter-terror legislation

Aftab Malik spent a month in Lakemba, “Australia’s unofficial Muslim capital.” He came away warning that the atmosphere in Lakemba “reminded him of London prior to the 7/7 terror bombings of 2005.”

He says that the tensions have been “fuelled by the photos and videos of thousands of gruesome deaths in the West Bank, Gaza, Syria and Iraq viewed daily, unedited, on smartphones” — in other words, the budding jihadis are being “radicalized” by jihad grievance propaganda and resistance to jihad aggression and terror.

They are apparently further “radicalized” by “the Islamophobes and their vitriolic diatribes against Islam and Muslims,” as well as by “legislation that, at worst, singles them out as potential terrorists, or moulds them as a suspect community at best”...


Urban Outfitters under fire for selling ‘blood-splattered’ Kent State sweater in ‘sick’ reference to 1970 massacre

Urban Outfitters has sparked outrage by stocking a Kent State sweatshirt splattered with fake blood in a “tasteless” reference to the massacre of 1970.

Four students were killed and nine severely wounded in the shooting after the Ohio National Guard opened fire at a protest against President Nixon's Cambodian Campaign.

But 44 years later it seems the tragedy has served as fashion inspiration for the high street store...


Arab assailants in car stone, chase fleeing hearing-impaired motorists; ‘I was sure we would die’

Stoning attack damage

Five Arab youths in northern Israel stoned and pursued a car containing two hearing-impaired Israeli couples in a terrifying high-speed chase overnight Saturday, Israel’s Walla News reported.

“I still haven’t gotten over the ordeal; I’m still terribly traumatized,” said Dafna (name changed to protect her anonymity), one of the passengers in the vehicle, which left Lavon, a small Jewish village in the Upper Galilee at about 03:00 am Sunday morning.

Roads in the area, close to the Lebanon border, are narrow, twisting, and largely unlit. Jewish villages and kibbutim, and Israeli Arab and Druze towns and small communities dot the hilly, rural area.

Stoning attack damage

“The pursuit was crazy, they traveled at 140 miles per hour throughout the Lavon descent towards Acco [on the northern coast].

“There were moments when they also opened the doors of the vehicle to better hurl stones at us,” Dafna said.

During the chase Dafna said she felt stones hitting the car.

“I was shaking throughout the ordeal, and was sure we would die,” she recalled. “They signaled to us to pull over, but we were afraid to stop and tried to escape from them while driving in a dangerous zig-zag”...


Justin Trudeau’s weak spot only made worse by his lack of a platform

For months Justin Trudeau has had his mitts in the air, deflecting right and left hooks from seasoned combatants who would love to connect solidly with his jaw, just once.

The Liberal leader’s main point of vulnerability, they believe, is his lack of substance – which includes questions about his experience and judgment, but is mainly exemplified by his lack of a platform.

This raises an obvious question: Why haven’t the Liberals closed that chink in their leader’s armour?...

h/t Marvin


Turkey should not be a base for the Muslim Brotherhood - Hürriyet op-ed by Murat Yetkin

Angry MB man in Egypt in the summer of 2013, when the MB were removed from power by the army after millions signed a petition

President Tayyip Erdoğan started his official visit to Qatar on Sept. 14...

Before leaving Istanbul for Doha, Erdoğan responded to a reporters’ questions, and said he agreed with what U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had stated two days before about Turkey’s cooperation against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), adding that it is out of the question for Turkey to step back from its stance against terrorism.

That is a “wait-and-see” signal before today’s “anti-ISIL coalition” meeting in Paris, which follows the one in Jeddah on Sept. 11, during which Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Turkey would cooperate against ISIL in all intelligence, logistics, and humanitarian aspects, like Britain and Germany, but would not cooperate in military attacks. Kerry said the next day in Ankara that he understood Turkey’s position, as a country with 49 captives, including its consul general in Mosul, in the hands of ISIL.
MB Headquarters building in Cairo, which was trashed by angry Egyptians in the summer of 2013

Just a day before Erdoğan’s visit started, the Muslim Brotherhood leadership announced that Qatar had asked them to leave the country within a week. It is still not clear what Qatar will do for the Hamas leadership, which is also living there.
Mahmoud Hussein, the highest ranked Brotherhood member in Qatar, has been quoted by the Rassd news agency, which is reportedly affiliated with the group, as saying that Turkey is among the countries they are considering going to...


Child Protection Contacts Mom for Letting Her Kid Play Outside

WTF is wrong with people nowadays?


The Headchopper Next Door

It’s easy to dismiss a small enough religion as a cult because its leader sleeps with young girls and its members are willing to kill for him. But when the cult grows big enough, we say it’s a religion of peace and hope that its followers believe the peaceful version of Islam that the infidels preach to them.

And they never do.

Why should they?


ISIS is threatening to kill British aid worker Alan Henning

A bit late, I am having trouble keeping up. From Twitchy


Turkish reaction to American requests to cut off ISIS’s oil sales appears to be non existent

From at an article at NYT:

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is struggling to cut off the millions of dollars in oil revenue that has made the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria one of the wealthiest terror groups in history, but so far has been unable to persuade Turkey, the NATO ally where much of the oil is traded on the black market, to crack down on an extensive sales network.

Western intelligence officials say they can track the ISIS oil shipments as they move across Iraq and into Turkey’s southern border regions. Despite extensive discussions inside the Pentagon, American forces have so far not attacked the tanker trucks, though a senior administration official said Friday “that remains an option.”
Just which side is Turkey on anyway?

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Obama said he is willing to overthrow Assad if Syria attacks US planes

An undated handout photo distributed by Syrian News Agency (SANA) on July 9, 2012 shows a missile being launched from a mobile platform during a live ammunitions exercise by Syrian air defence forces in an undisclosed location. (File Photo: Reuters)

US President Barack Obama has said he would authorize military forces to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad if regime troops attempt to shoot down American planes as they strike Islamic State targets in Syria, according to a New York Times report.

The move would represent a significant shift in Washington’s stated aims in Syria and Iraq, where a campaign of airstrikes has been planned to thwart the advance of the IS jihadi group. It also highlights the tangle of alliances and antagonisms in the war-torn region, where the US and Syria, while not allies, find themselves both fighting the same foe.

Citing members of a group of people who met with Obama in a closed meeting last week, The New York Times reported that the president said he would wipe out Assad’s air defense system if he tried to hit American planes. The move, he said, would lead to Assad’s overthrow, according to the newspaper’s account...

Relevent excerpt from the NYT article:
Asked by one of the columnists what he would do if his strategy did not work and he had to escalate further, Mr. Obama rejected the premise. “I’m not going to anticipate failure at this point,” he said.

He made clear the intricacy of the situation, though, as he contemplated the possibility that Mr. Assad might order his forces to fire at American planes entering Syrian airspace.

If he dared to do that, Mr. Obama said he would order American forces to wipe out Syria’s air defense system, which he noted would be easier than striking ISIS because its locations are better known.

He went on to say that such an action by Mr. Assad would lead to his overthrow, according to one account.


Bike Lanes Are Racist Says Birmingham City Councillor

A £23 million scheme intended to transform cycling in Birmingham has been blasted as discriminatory and only benefiting "white, young men".

...But at the Edgbaston District committee Coun Deirdre Alden (Con, Edgbaston) said she was concerned that such a large amount of effort and investment was being spent on a mode of transport predominantly used by young men.

"The vast majority of cyclists on our roads are young, white men," she said.

She added that, while there were exceptions, "most elderly people are not going to cycle, and it would be dangerous for them to start on our streets now".

The councillor said disabled people did not benefit from cycling and that "women of any ethnic group who wish to wear modest clothing, and I count myself in that category, are not going to cycle. It is a discriminatory form of transport".

h/t ZD


Turkish gov’t fines Kurdish TV for airing Holocaust film ‘The Pianist’

Turkey’s chief television and radio authority has fined a Kurdish channel for airing the Academy Award-winning film, The Pianist, the local Hürriyet daily said Sunday.

The 2002 drama, directed by Roman Polanski, is based on an autobiographical Holocaust-era memoir of the same name, by Polish-Jewish pianist and composer Władysław Szpilman.

The Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) said in their decision fining Gün TV that the film, which recounts the author’s survival, despite internment in a concentration camp, is “too brutal.”

Opposition CHP party representative, Ali Öztunc, termed RTÜK’s decision as “ridiculous,” in an interview with Hürriyet...


Human traffickers kill 500 migrants by ramming their boat off the coast of Malta after they refused to switch to one of their boats

The incident in Libya occurred near the capital Tripoli this morning. Those rescued from the sea are pictured here being treated for their injuries at a building run by the Libyan coastguard

The International Organization for Migration says about 500 migrants are feared dead after their boat was deliberately rammed, causing it to sink off the Malta coast last week.

Christiane Berthiaume, spokeswoman for the organisation, said witnesses claim that the boat left Damietta in Egypt earlier this month with Syrians, Palestinians, Egyptians and Sudanese on board.

It sank last Wednesday after a group of human traffickers deliberately rammed it with another boat when the passengers refused to transfer on to smaller vessels, she added.

News of the shocking incident comes as dozens died when a boat carrying at least 250 Africans to Europe capsized before it even managed to leave the Libyan coast this morning.

Ms Berthiaume said two Palestinian survivors claim there was a violent confrontation between the migrants and traffickers who wanted to move everyone on to one of their smaller vessels.

She says the traffickers subsequently “used one boat to knock the other” - severely damaging the migrants' vessel and causing it to sink, killing hundreds.

Only nine people are believed to have survived the shocking incident, with most of these transported by helicopter for treatment in Greece...


UK: Air strikes against ISIS in Syria likely to be illegal, Commons assessment finds

British citizen David Haines just before being beheaded in Syria

Air strikes against ISIS extremists in Syria in the wake of the murder of British hostage David Haines is likely to be illegal without the permission of the dictator Bashaar-al-Assad, according to an official assessment.

David Cameron is expected to announce air strikes as early as next week against the Islamist “monsters” who murdered Mr Haines, who are now threatening the life of another British hostage.

Mr Haines became the first Briton to be murdered by a man believed to be the British-accented terrorist known as “Jihadi John,” who has previously beheaded two American journalists.

In footage, released on Saturday night, the terrorists threaten to murder a second British captive – Alan Henning, a 47-year-old aid convoy volunteer from Manchester who was captured in Syria late last year...

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Uh, UK government, wake up!  You are at war, whether you admit it or not.  You might have to break “international law.”


Fria Tider on the Swedish election: Shock and horror at SD’s electoral success: ‘Democracy is overrated’ says one writer

Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson celebrates in Stockholm

Numerous reports today are showing shock by the Sweden Democrats’ electoral success yesterday. In opinion articles, tweets and other social media socialist and liberal frustrations express frustration this over the new parliamentary position

At the evening tabloid Expressen Thomas Mattson expressed his clear disgust with the election results by adorning today's paper with a jet-black front page with SD’s election results on it. The magazine in the past year has fought an intense media battle against both SD Party sympathizers as well as the newspaper’s competitors.

Expressen’s black cover shows their horror at the election results placing the Sweden Democrats as the third largest largest party in parliament

On Twitter, many social commentators discussed whether democracy is really good or not.

The Kurdish liberal Expressen and DN-writer Dilsa Demirbag-Sten was one of those who went the furthest when she wrote that “Democracy is overrated” in a post on the social networking site.

Several other journalists and commentators asked similar questions of the Swedish democracy, interspersed with expositions of the Sweden Democrats must be excluded from power because it “is not a democratic party.”

Aftonbladet today revised its campaign “94 percent” to “87 present” - a campaign that wants to portray it as everyone who did not vote for the SD supports Aftonbladet’s idea that the party should be discouraged in various ways.

Aftonbladet additionally warned of how a possible [future?] election could benefit the Sweden Democrats.

“It would be incredibly risky. The risk is that SD will continue to increase and it should be enough to avoid,” said political scientist Jonas Hinnfors.

One of those who during the night said he was shocked was the outgoing Foreign Minister Carl Bildt.

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Note: Edited Google Translate from Swedish.  Any errors are mine.  I am not sure what 94% and 87% “campaigns” refer to.

In the tweet above, “chock” should be “shock” (evidently “chock” is the Swedish word).

For what it’s worth, you can read The Local’s article: How the Sweden Democrats went mainstream.

I cannot get through (at this time) to Dispatch International - their site may have been hacked.

Final results of Swedish election, from Nicolai Sennels

Sweden Democrats are the yellow bar at 12.9%


Another murder that has everything to do with Islam, yet David Cameron tries to tell us otherwise

The beheading of British aid worker David Haines by the Islamic savages of the so-called Islamic State is yet another example of the danger posed to all of us by the ideology of Islam.

David Haines was not a soldier of a Western nation and neither was he a civil servant or other operative of such a nation. David Haines was someone who had worked to make life better for Muslims from the Balkans to the Middle East.
This killing had everything to do with Islam.

...Why then are the British people having to put up with Prime Minister David Cameron lying about the motiviation for this murder? In a statement from Mr Cameron, published by the BBC he said:

They are killing and slaughtering thousands of people – Christians, Muslims, minorities across Iraq and Syria.

They boast of their brutality. They claim to do this in the name of Islam.

That is nonsense. Islam is a religion of peace. They are not Muslims, they are monsters.
After almost every Islamic terror attack on Britain or a British citizen, whether that be the murder or Drummer Lee Rigby or this latest atrocity, Cameron can be relied on for one thing and one thing only and that is to bullshit about Islam. This murder was committed by monster, but it was an Islamic monster and no amount of dishonesty and wishful thinking on the part of David Cameron will make it otherwise...


Theodore Dalrymple: Islam's Nightclub Brawl

Theodore Dalrymple writes:

But why should the British be the most brutal of European jihadists, by all accounts the doctrinally most extreme among them (supposing that reports of this are true)? This, I think, is explicable by the nature of contemporary British culture, using the word “culture” in the widest sense. It is the crudest, most aggressive, and most lacking in refinement of any of the Western cultures, at least of any that I have observed.

Nowhere else known to me do so many young men desire to look brutish and as if the slightest disagreement with them, the first thing denied them, the first word they deem offensive, will cause them to become violent. In no other country in the world are so many doormen and bouncers necessary to keep order in places of entertainment; in no other place in the world does collective enjoyment so quickly turn to fight and riot. Eye-to-eye contact is regarded as a challenge and can lead to an attack of murderous intensity, while sexual crudity and incontinence are accompanied by furious jealousy, a common occasion of violence among young men. 
(Kathy here, merely observing that Dr. Dalrymple should hover around the entrances of black nightclubs from Toronto to Miami before making quite such a definitive statement about England's allegedly unique need for nightclub doormen, etc....)


Murdered Algerian secular: Compromise with political Islamism is absolutely impossible

Salah Chouaki, noted education expert and dedicated leftwing activist, murdered on September 14, 1994

On the 20th anniversary of the fundamentalist assassination of Algerian educator Salah Chouaki, Karima Bennoune translates his warning - so relevant today - about the need to be uncompromising in the battle against the very ideology that motivated his murder

Algerian educator Salah Chouaki published this article in the newspaper El Watan on 15 March 1993 as Algeria headed into its “dark decade” of fundamentalist violence and state counter terror abuses.

He was amazingly prescient about the rising threat of political Islam. The day after this article appeared a campaign of fundamentalist assassinations of Algerian intellectuals escalated with the killing of former Minister of Education Djilali Liabes.

Just eighteen months later, on 14 September 1994, after receiving threats which failed to silence him, Chouaki himself was gunned down by the Armed Islamic Group. During the subsequent decade, as many as 200,000 Algerians were killed...

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Chouaki was undoubtedly a non-believer and was thus ruthlessly eliminated. Seculars are always targeted for assassination by Islamoloons. You can bet there is no one writing or speaking like this in the “Islamic State.”

His article (at the link) begins:
There is an unresolvable contradiction between support for the idea of a modern society and the belief, sincere or feigned, that it is possible to ‘domesticate’ the totalitarian monster of fundamentalism.

The expression “we are a Muslim state” was used recently by the head of the government, as if to tell the fundamentalists that he had no lessons to learn from them. Meanwhile, he labelled the most important modernist forces “secular-assimilationists”- as if they represented a totally outmoded politics. Taken together, all of this reveals a tendency to accept being drawn onto the playing-field of political Islamism. This is a choice which leads inexorably toward fundamentalism itself.


Greenfield: Obama Inc. denying Boston Marathon bombs were terrorism

Until very recently Obama was touring up the country and swearing on a stack of Das Kapitals and Korans that Al Qaeda had been defeated.

To make that claim, every act of terrorism had to be denied.

Nidal Hassan was just suffering from PTSD despite never being in combat.

The Boston Tsarnaev Jihadists… as Obama said, “Let’s not jump to any conclusions”...

h/t Marvin


‘The Muslim faith is not to blame’: Mike Haines reads from Koran to tell the world that his brother David was butchered by ISIS because of extremism, not Islam

David Haines’ brother, Mike

He read from the Koran (41:34) - Since good and evil cannot be equal, repel thou evil with something that is better

The brother of beheaded aid worker David Haines has read from the Koran in an impassioned plea for the world to “repel evil with something better.”

Mike Haines said extremism, not Islam, was to blame for the on-camera butchering of his brother, a married 44-year-old with two children who devoted his life to helping victims of war.

David Haines was beheaded in a gruesome video released last night by the British Islamic State terrorist who has been dubbed “jihadi John.”

Speaking to the BBC, Mr Haines said: “My first reaction could be one of hatred. But my brother’s life wasn’t about hatred. It was about love for all men.

“Radicalization remains the biggest threat to the wholesale safety of every person in the world. Increasingly we are seeing more and more radicalisation in every walk of life.

”It is not a race, religion or political issue - it is a human issue and it is in our everyday lives”...

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See also here. I  wonder if he did this voluntarily or was instructed to do so by the government.

I would not be surprised if it was completely voluntary - the West is far down the road to suicide. Remember the culture from which Islam springs: the brother of someone killed would be expected to avenge it.

Yet he insists that it is not Islam or its tribal mentality.  We are ripe for takeover, folks.  It is already well underway.


British jihadist medical student, 21, is pictured holding severed head while wearing her white doctor’s jacket

The photo was uploaded on Twitter by an account that has been suspended

A woman believed to be a British medical student who left the UK in order to join ISIS has posted an image on social media of herself holding a severed head.

The woman, who goes by the Twitter name of Mujahidah Bint Usama, claims to be a doctor for the terror group based in Raqqa, Syria.

In the image, which was used as her profile picture but has since been removed, she can be seen wearing a full burka and white lab coat while holding the head of a man.

To the left of the image, two children can be seen standing beside her.

Her name reflects her jihadi convictions, with Mujahidah appearing to be the female version of mujahadid - meaning soldier of God. “Bint” translates as “child of,” [ed: literally “daughter of”] while Usama likely references Osama Bin Laden.

The gruesome image appears alongside the message “Dream job, a terrorist doc,” followed by images of smiley faces and love hearts.

According to The Sunday Telegraph, she is a 21-year-old British medical student...


It’s always about them: British Muslims fear backlash after David Haines murder - Guardian

Harun Khan, leader of the Muslim Council of Britain, said a backlash occurs each time extremist attacks are in the news

Communities across the UK say risk of reprisals rises with each report of violence by extremists using cloak of religion

British Muslims are bracing themselves for a backlash after the beheading of David Haines by Islamic State militants, leading community figures have said.

Harun Khan, deputy secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said a backlash was experienced virtually every time violence carried out by extremists who claimed to act in the name of religion received high-profile media coverage.

Anxiety among Muslim communities was already heightened this weekend before news of Haines's murder, after a mosque in Rotherham was attacked in the wake of a protest by the extremist English Defence League.

Khan said: “Somebody somewhere is going to react, it’s been proven, it’s happened many times: after 9/11, after 7 July [2005 attacks on London] and after [the murder of] Lee Rigby.”

He said the greatest fear was of attacks on Islamic buildings such as mosques, and on vulnerable people, such as women wearing the hijab...

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Funny but I cannot recall any beheadings of Muslims in the UK after Lee Rigby. I guess their delicate feelings are being hurt by nasty comments on social media and “bully bloggers.”


Union leaders live in an imaginary world

Federal government workers want time off to grieve when an imaginary friend dies.

No, really.

The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) is currently in negotiations with the federal government for several new contracts. Among its demands is for an expansion of the definition of “family” to include “aboriginal spirit friends.”

Not even First Nations’ groups have any idea what that term means. It is not in common usage among aboriginal Canadians.

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation accused PSAC of having made up the term. And, the taxpayer watchdog speculates, it means “spirit guides,” a ghost or religious spirit that appears to aboriginal people in dreams and visions and help guides them into adulthood and through rough periods in their lives.


Worst team uniform ever?

It's... uh... revealing...


If Jack the Ripper was Jewish, does it matter?

Kathy Shaidle's new post at PJMedia:
If Jack the Ripper turned out to be, say, a member of the royal family or some other aristocrat – or even a Mason – the resulting uproar would have been deafening, and probably fatal.

It’s easy to imagine impoverished London citizens, those with nothing to lose, carrying out assassinations and other acts of revenge against the gentry.

But if the Ripper was Jewish — perhaps a shochet, or kosher butcher — an all-out pogrom could break out.

(Hence the authorities’ decision to wash away that weird graffiti about “the Juwes” [sic] before it could even be photographed for posterity.)

That might be why Kosminski was never charged.

Better that a few more prostitutes lose their lives, authorities could have reasoned, than London’s Jewish ghetto go up in flames.

Of course, the other reason might be that Kosminski wasn’t the Ripper at all.


Rotherham Muslim Rape Gang victim confronts alleged abuser in street... but SHE is arrested by a van load of police

A victim of Rotherham's child sex abuse scandal confronted a man she says groomed her - but was left shocked when she was the one arrested.

The woman was shocked when she saw the man walking through the town's centre on Friday and decided to challenge him over the allegations.

But she was tackled by two police officers and pushed up against a wall during her 'thuggish' arrest, a witness has said.


Canadian Imam: All Muslims Know That Homosexuals Should be Put To Death

Jailed in Philippines, controversial imam back in Canada

He refused to accept the premise that Western authorities wouldn’t want him preaching about the Islamic penalties for homosexuality.

“I am not informing anybody of what they don’t know,” he said. “If you take any Muslim off the street and if you as him about adultery and homosexuality, he’s clear. He knows it’s forbidden. He knows it’s punishable in Islamic law with the death penalty. It’s not something new.”


Aussie senator calls for supporters of sharia law to ‘get out’ of Australia

JACQUI Lambie wants those in Australia who support sharia law to “pack up their bags and get out of here”.

The Palmer United Party Senator is also calling for them to be kicked off government benefits and not be allowed to vote in this country.

The outspoken Tasmanian, whose recent comments about the threat of a Chinese communist invasion caused a stir, this morning turned her sights on sharia law supporters.

“Anybody that supports Sharia law in Australia should not have the right to vote, should not be given government handouts and should probably pack up their bags and get out of here,” she told reporters in Hobart.

“Anybody supporting or calling for sharia law in Australia can get out. Simple as that.”


UK Muslims ask politicians to refer to ISIS as ‘Un-Islamic State’

Only think how much bloodshed could have been avoided if people had referred to the Nazis as the National Socialist Nothing-to-do-with-Germans Worker's Party.

A group of prominent Muslims has written to David Cameron to ask that he uses (sic) a different name for the group, and to lead a national debate on what it should be called.

“We propose that ‘Un-Islamic State’ (UIS) could be an accurate and fair alternative name to describe this group and its agenda – and we will begin to call it that,” the letter says.

...Using the group’s preferred name could help it radicalise yet more Britons, the signatories wrote.


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