Protesters demanding a ban on alcohol being sold in the curry capital of London have marched in Brick Lane.
A group of 30 Muslims marched along the street renowned for its bars, clubs and curry houses. They were led by radical preacher Anjem Choudary who used a megaphone to accuse restaurants and shops of breaking strict Islamic law.
The event organised by the little known Shariah Project, based in Waltham Forest, drew a small counter-demonstration by English nationalists.
A brief stand-off took place between the groups at Brick Lane's junction with Whitechapel Road, with the sides kept apart by police officers - who outnumbered both groups combined.
Choudary said Brick Lane was "a den of iniquity."
"The vast majority of Muslims are very secular. The shops are run by Muslims and they know they are selling alcohol and they know the sale and consumption of alcohol is completely prohibited," he said.
"The non-Muslims should be grateful alcohol is the cause of many crimes," he said. "We cannot live among the non-Muslims and see this evil take place."
But Choudary was shouted down by a passing Muslim who insisted that the self-appointed spokesman of Islam did not represent his faith.
Ahead of the march there had been fears that it would divide the Tower Hamlets community. But such fears appered unfounded as many local people distanced themselves from the protest.
The Metropolitan Police said no arrests were made. A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "The event passed off without incident."
December 13, 2013
She converted to Islam and became a killer. What programs do British mosques have in place to prevent converts from coming to this understanding of Islam? Why, there are no such programs. And no one seems to mind.
"White Widow Samantha Lewthwaite Linked to Kenya Grenade Attack," by Ewan Palmer for International Business Times, December 13 (thanks to Twostellas):
Terror suspect Samantha Lewthwaite has been linked with the failed grenade attack on British tourists in Kenya.
The Muslim convert, dubbed the White Widow, is accused of ordering the attack on the tourists who were travelling to a wildlife safari at the Masai Mara national park.
The grenade failed to detonate when it hit the window of the Toyota 4X4. It is believed to have been thrown by a man, who later fled the scene.
The grenade was later safely detonated. The Foreign Office said it was urgently looking into the reports.
Lewthwaite, 29, who is already accused of plotting to kill hundreds of British tourists in Mombasa with fellow British accomplice Jermaine Grant in a separate attack, has now been linked to the incident.
A senior security source in Kenya told the Daily Mirror: "It's the two-year anniversary of Lewthwaite going on the run and intelligence reports suggest she may have ordered the attack.
"She is being hunted on multiple terror charges and we know her links to al-Shabaab fanatics spread through Africa.
"This was a deliberate attempt to kill tourists and has all the hallmarks of a White Widow-instigated operation."
Kenya has seen a number of grenade attacks since 2011, when it invaded southern Somalia to try and oust al-Shabaab insurgents.
Lewthwaite, originally from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, was named the most wanted woman in the world after being linked to the Westgate shopping massacre in Nairobi in which 70 people were killed.
A grenade attack in Kenya which killed three football fans who were watching the Italy vs England Euro 2012 game has also been linked to Lewthwaite.
The widow of 7/7 Kings Cross bomber Germaine Lindsay, Lewthwaite was arrested with her accomplice Grant in 2011 but escaped along with her three children. She has been on the run in Africa ever since. She is currently believed to be hiding in Somalia.
Following the grenade attack, Mombasa police say they have strengthened security in the area.
Mombasa's police chief Robert Kitur said: "We are appealing to everybody to exercise caution, especially over this festive season, and to share information with security agencies to win the war on terror.
"We have intensified security at tourist hotels and other vital installations to avert terrorism attacks."
Did they use U.S.-supplied weapons?
"Syrian Troops Launch Offensive After Dozens Killed," by Albert Aji and Bassem Mroue for the Associated Press, December 13 (thanks to Twostellas):
Syrian soldiers surrounded an industrial area near Damascus Friday after an al-Qaida linked rebel faction infiltrated the area earlier this week, reportedly killing dozens of civilians, according to the government and activists.
Jabhat al-Nusra, also known as the Nusra Front, entered buildings housing workers and their families, shooting men, women and children in Adra, northeast of the capital, according to the reports. Most residents of the area are from the minority Alawite and Druse sects, which largely support President Bashar Assad in his fight against mainly Sunni rebels.
The exact death toll could not be determined. State-run Syrian TV reported that scores of civilians have been killed since Wednesday, prompting the army to surround the town.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it has documented the names of 19 civilians killed — most Alawites and Druse — and many more were feared dead after the rampage by the Islamic militants.
Syria's 23 million people belong to a patchwork of different religious groups, and the three-year conflict has taken on increasingly sectarian overtones in the past year, particularly as fighting brigades composed of al-Qaida loyalists gain influence.
Assad is an Alawite, an offshoot of Shiite Islam, as are many of his security forces. Other minorities in the country including Christians, Druse and Shiites have mostly sided with Assad or remained on the fence, fearing a takeover of the country by Islamic extremists.
A Syrian opposition figure who was in touch with people in the area said extremists were looking for people and killing them on a sectarian basis, adding that the number of dead civilians could be in the "dozens."
"Some people are being shot and others are being beheaded. They include Christians, Alawites, Druse and Shiites," the opposition figure said, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.
He added that when militants tried to kill a Shiite man, he took out a grenade he had with him and blew it up killing himself, his wife, mother, brother and son and several of his attackers....
They said they would do this, and now they have. But it is all for show: they know Obama is an easy mark, and that he so desperately wants this deal that he will respond to this by giving in to their demands.
Iranian negotiators abruptly ended nuclear talks with Western powers in Geneva on Friday just a day after the Obama administration announced tighter sanctions on Tehran.
Iran had threatened that new or tighter sanctions would nullify the recently reached interim deal, which is not yet in effect.
The Iranians abruptly “halted” the talks and left Geneva so that they could consult with higher-level officials about how to proceed with talks following the tighter sanctions, which were announced Thursday morning by the U.S. Treasury Department.
“The Iranian negotiators interrupted the talks with the [P5+1] for consultations in Tehran,” a negotiator said on Thursday, according to Iran’s state-run Fars News Agency.
“America’s move is against the spirit of the Geneva deal,” Iranian chief negotiator Abbas Araqchi reportedly told the Iranian press. “We are evaluating the situation and will make the appropriate response.”
Iranian and Western negotiators were in the middle of talks about ways to implement the interim agreement when the sanctions were announced, according to experts.
The “wild thing about today’s action [is that] Treasury officials [are] negotiating terms of [the Joint Plan of Action] w/ Iran right now in Vienna,” Foundation for Defense of Democracies expert Jonathan Schanzer tweeted on Thursday afternoon.
The White House told the Washington Free Beacon early Friday that it would address the development later in the day.
The interim accord reached in Geneva created the framework for a final deal that would halt portions of Iran’s contested uranium enrichment program for six months.
With final negotiations on the six-month freeze in limbo, it remains unclear when exactly Iran will begin halting its nuclear work....
European governments are financing jihad through ransom payments made to kidnappers. And that is one of the points of kidnapping Infidels in the first place. Islamic law stipulates that Muslim captors may choose to kill, enslave, or ransom their captives, or free them outright, and that the decision should be made based on which would be most beneficial to Islam. In this case, the ransom money is most beneficial to Islam, as it finances jihad.
"'Jihad is being paid for by Europe', says Al Qaeda leaders," from the BBC, December 13:
The Foreign Office is warning that ransom payments made to kidnappers are directly fuelling terrorism in Mali and Yemen.
Despite a commitment from western governments not to pay ransoms, senior officials believe the problem is getting worse.
It's thought the French government paid 12 million pounds to free hostages held by Al Qaeda in Niger in October.
The "bridge" between Islam and Christianity is one-way – as the Muslim Brotherhood theorist Sayyid Qutb explained: "The chasm between Islam and Jahiliyyah [the society of unbelievers] is great, and a bridge is not to be built across it so that the people on the two sides may mix with each other, but only so that the people of Jahiliyyah may come over to Islam."
"Georgetown University’s One-Way Street of Christian-Muslim Understanding," by Andrew E. Harrod at Juicy Ecumenism, December 4:
The “more strongly you are committed to your faith,” emerging church leader Brian McLaren stated at Georgetown University on November 21, 2013, the “more tolerant and compassionate you are.” McLaren’s equivalency among all faiths fit perfectly into the conference “Muslim-Christian Relations in the 21st Century: Challenges & Opportunities,” a day-long, one-sided presentation of Islam as a pacific faith unjustly maligned by Christians and others.
Presented by Georgetown’s Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU) on the occasion of its 20th anniversary, the conference has already produced considerable controversy. The keynote address by popular British religion writer Karen Armstrong, for example, unconvincingly argued that Al Qaeda’s September 11, 2001, attacks resulted from Muslim grievances inflicted by the West in general and the British Empire in particular. Outside of the conference’s estimated 100 attendees at Georgetown’s Copley Hall, Armstrong’s arguments have met with universal revulsion, if comments upon my previously published analysis are any indication (see here and here, for example).
A panel moderated by Islam scholar Natana J. DeLong-Bas, meanwhile, preceded Armstrong. As a moderator, DeLong-Bas did not have much too say, which was probably just as well, as research has revealed her to the unsuspecting at the conference and elsewhere as an Islamism apologist and 9/11 truther. Among other things, she has doubted the role of Osama bin Laden in 9/11 and has praised the “democracy” efforts of Hamas.
Armstrong and DeLong-Bas were perhaps predictable given the tone set at the conference’s morning introduction by ACMCU’s director, the frequent Islamism apologist and internationally renowned Islam scholar John Esposito. Along with the “Arab Spring” becoming “potentially the Arab Winter” and “Sunni-Shia sectarianism,” Armstrong’s fellow United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) High Level Group member Esposito identified the “rise of Islamophobia” as a global issue facing Islam. McLaren likewise during the conference’s final panel spoke of Islam substituting for Communism after the Cold War’s end had for many Americans “take[n] away their enemy” and identity “crutch.”
Participants on “The Arab Uprisings, Islamic Movements & the Future of Democracy” panel, meanwhile, seemed mystified by any threat perception within Islam. Emad Shahin, for example, judged concerns about Islam’s compatibility with democracy a “useless question.” According to Shahin, anyone, not just the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), could have “made mistakes” ruling Egypt following the downfall of its dictator Hosni Mubarak. Opponents of deposed Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi from the MB “should have respected the process” and the Arab Spring’s “people power.”
Shahin’s fellow panelist, the late addition Radwan Masmoudi from the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID), also decried the “myth that Islam and democracy are not compatible.” As CSID’s president, Masmoudi claimed that his organization had produced hundreds of papers demonstrating that Islamic faith and freedom could coexist, a claim Masmoudi saw borne out in the Arab Spring. “We are going to succeed” with an Islam-democracy combination, Masmoudi confidently predicted.
Like Shahin, Masmoudi considered it “not fair” to judge Egypt’s MB rule a failure in light of the “long process to build democracy” cut short after fewer than two years. While Masmoudi assessed post-Saddam Hussein Iraq as a “mess,” he nonetheless considered Middle East democracy promotion under George W. Bush to have been “great.” “Foreign intervention” in Tunisia and Egypt, meanwhile, from Western countries “afraid of democracy” had repeated America’s historic “mistake” of supporting Middle East dictators, “one of the main reasons for extremism.” By contrast, “good relations with the Arab and Muslim world demands democracy.”
Fears of countries like Egypt emulating Iran’s theocratic dictatorship received little consideration from Masmoudi. United States Secretary of State John Kerry’s determination that Egypt’s “Muslim Brotherhood stole democracy” baffled Masmoudi. He correspondingly criticized a supposed American “green light” for the Egyptian military’s July 2013 ouster of Morsi, even though most evidence indicates that President Barak Obama opposed Morsi’s removal.
This is becoming a global problem. There is a polio outbreak in Syria because Pakistani jihadis are bringing the virus from home. A Pakistani Muslim cleric has said that polio vaccinations are un-Islamic. And the Taliban have for some time been murdering people who were administering the polio vaccine in Pakistan. And it isn't just Pakistan: last February in Nigeria, a Muslim cleric was arrested for playing a role in sparking the murders of polio workers.
"Attacks on polio teams in Pakistan kill 3 people," by Riaz Khan for the Associated Press, December 13 (thanks to all who sent this in):
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- Attacks on polio teams in northwest Pakistan on Friday killed a polio worker and two policemen assigned to protect one of the teams, police and a government official said.
In both attacks, gunmen fled the scene after the killings.
No group claimed responsibility for the attacks, but Pakistani militants have killed more than a dozen polio workers and police protecting them over the past year. They accuse health workers of acting as spies for Washington and claim the polio vaccine is intended to make Muslim children sterile.
In the first attack Friday, gunmen opened fire on two officers as they were riding on a motorcycle to the town of Swabi, where they were supposed to protect a polio team during a vaccination drive, according to police officer Khalid Iqbal. The town lies 100 kilometers (60 miles) northeast of Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
Iqbal said authorities were trying to find the attackers and arrest them.
Hours later, a gunman killed a polio worker on his way home after vaccinating children in Jamrud, a tribal region located on the outskirts of Peshawar. Government administrator Iqbal Khan said the slain worker was targeted for participating in the government-run anti-polio campaign in the tribal area.
Pakistan is one of only three countries where the virus is still endemic. Militants have targeted workers vaccinating children, policemen escorting polio teams in the tribal and urban areas in the northwest and elsewhere, and have also threatened people who want to get their children vaccinated.
Last night on my regular weekly appearance on Michael Coren's Sun TV show, Jerry Agar was guest-hosting for Michael. We discussed the Sharia Project, the Muslim group planning to protest alcohol use on a busy club-filled street in London; the recent threats against Christians in Indonesia; and the pro-jihad imam who collected millions of jihad on a tour in the United States.
Video thanks to AlohaSnackbar01.
December 12, 2013
"Last year, during my visit to Washington, in a very important briefing a day before I met U.S. President [Barack Obama], his national security adviser Tom Donilon, and senior White House officials, generals, and intelligence officials, the national security adviser met with me. He told me: 'The Taliban are not our enemies and we don't want to fight them.'" -- Hamid Karzai, November 26, 2013
"Issue IV Of Taliban Magazine Azan Pays Tributes To Convicted U.S. Major Nidal Hasan, Says If A Stupid Smoker Could Cause Fire In Sydney Stadium, 'Then What About An 'Intelligent' Mujahid Who Decides To Trigger Off Bushfires In Australia?," from MEMRI, December 11 (thanks to Pamela Geller):
The latest issue of the English-language jihadi magazine Azan, which is published by the Taliban in Khurasan (Afghanistan-Pakistan region), carries several articles urging Muslim youth in the West to launch attacks in their homelands, and pays tribute to Maj. Nidal Hasan, the U.S. army officer who was convicted of a jihadi attack at Fort Hood in November 2009.
The magazine, the fourth issue since it began publishing early this year, was released through a jihadi website. An article titled 'Nidal Hassan [sic] – Our Hero', written by Muhammad Qasim, carries the following words along with his photo: 'The courageous mujahid Nidal Hassan… was sentenced to death by a military jury in late August.
'He killed 13 American soldiers and wounded 30 at Fort Hood just before they were going to be deployed to kill Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan. We encourage every Muslim in the Armies of the Kuffar to follow his example in repenting from their current state and killing as many of the enemy as possible.'
All over the world, believers in the canonical story of Islam’s origins are structuring their lives around the teachings of the Qur’an and Muhammad, and waging jihad warfare against unbelievers in accord with those teachings. If they cared to look into the strange history of the origins of Islam, however, they might think twice – as a landmark book, Norbert Pressburg’s What the Modern Martyr Should Know, abundantly illustrates.
Pressburg demonstrates that even the controversy over Islam’s canonical story has for centuries been wrongly framed. According to that story, Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, received his first revelation from Allah in a visitation by the angel Gabriel in the year 610. For the next twenty-three years, until his death in 632, he received more revelations periodically.
Armed with his new holy book, even as large portions of it then existed only in the memories of various of his companions, teachings, and his own teachings, his followers stormed out of Arabia after his death and conquered huge expanses of territory in the Middle East, North Africa, and Persia, bringing these conquered lands within the fold of the new religion.
Meanwhile, in 653, the caliph Uthman, Muhammad’s third successor as the leader of the Muslim community, gathered together all those who had memorized portions of the Qur’an or preserved parts of it in writing, had it all written and collated, and ordered the variants burnt.
Islamic apologists claim that Allah miraculously guided all of this process, protecting the Qur’an from error from the time of Muhammad’s first revelation to this day. Non-Muslims throughout history have disputed this by pointing to the book’s abundant obscurities; numerous grammatical, historical and factual errors; and its doctrines of warfare against unbelievers, oppression of women, and the like, in order to portray Muhammad as a false prophet, a liar, a con man, or worse.
Pressburg, however, demonstrates in this book that there is very good reason to think that Muhammad was neither a prophet nor a false prophet, but a work of fiction, an invention of the early Arabic conquerors: an Arabic prophet and an Arabic religion for their Arabic empire. Pressburg examines numerous anomalies that cast the canonical story into serious doubt: the use of crosses on official inscriptions by the caliph Muawiya, who was supposed to be the leader of a religion whose prophet and holy book abhorred and rejected crosses; the minting of coins around the same period that appear to use muhammad not as a proper name, but as a title: “the praised one,” often applied to Jesus Christ.
In fact, Pressburg notes, the philologist Christoph Luxenberg “provides evidence that muhamad is a gerund and could, under no circumstances, be understood as a name – it would be a grammatical impossibility.” What’s more, there is no trace of the superabundance of finely detailed biographical material that has come down to us about Muhammad – all of it dates from the eighth and ninth centuries, and there is no indication dating from the seventh century that anyone knew it even existed.
And so what of the prophet of Islam? “It is certainly impossible,” Pressburg correctly notes, “to prove the nonexistence of a person. But it is, however, possible to verify the information that exists about a person. And, for Muhammad, the attempt at verification has failed. Up to this day, we still have nothing, not a single proof in our hands, as scientists like Weil, Goldziher, Blachere, Luxenberg, and others have demonstrated. Beyond the religiously motivated assumptions, there is not even the slightest trace of a real-world Prophet in sight."
But surely there is archaeological evidence – notably, early mosques such as the Dome of the Rock, built late in the seventh century, no? No. Pressburg shows that the Dome of the Rock was actually built as a church, and became a mosque only as Muhammad began first to be invoked as an individual, a prophet, and the founder of a new religion – fully six decades and more after he is supposed to have lived.
The Qur’an, as Pressburg elucidates in detail, underwent a similar period of revision and development before it became the centerpiece of the new religion, and the stories about Muhammad were fabricated in the wake of its codification – often by squabbling parties within the new Islamic community, hoping to gain support for their position on a disputed issue by putting their view into the mouth of the newly minted Prophet.
Pressburg’s myth-busting doesn’t end there. He concludes with an excursus on the “Golden Age of Islam,” demonstrating that a great deal of the intellectual achievements that are commonly attributed to Islam today are actually the work of Arabic-speaking non-Muslims, and that the much-vaunted Islamic philosophers were actually decried as heretics within the Islamic world. After that Pressburg likewise explodes the “Myth of al-Andalus,” showing that Muslim Spain was not the paradise of proto-multiculturalism it is taken for granted as having been today, but a place of oppression and untold misery for dhimmi Jews and Christians subjugated under the rule of Islamic law.
The reader thus comes away from What the Modern Martyr Should Know with the wholly justified impression that virtually everything that is taught and taken for granted today in the West about Islam’s origins, teachings and history is false. Reality is murkier and darker, clouding over the sunny picture of Islam that Western leaders are so desperate for their citizens to accept today with a record of deception, violence, and supremacism stretching back far longer than most Western analysts have dared imagine.
Pressburg’s book, consequently, should be issued to all policymakers who have had any hand in formulating the stance toward Islam of any Western government; they would find it enlightening and disquieting in equal measure – but we could hope that at least some would take it as a foundation for formulating saner policies more conducive to the defense of human rights for all people. What the Modern Martyr Should Know was originally written in German, and the translation is sometimes infelicitous, marred with spelling and grammatical errors; they do not, however, overshadow either the book’s points or its importance. This book would make a perfect Christmas gift for the uncritically accepting multiculturalist in your life.
But they stressed that this was just a temporary setback and reaffirmed their support for the "moderate" Syrian opposition, even as its hapless leader fled in the face of the Islamic jihadist advance.
(Reuters) - The United States and Britain suspended non-lethal aid to northern Syria after Islamist fighters seized Western-backed rebel weapons warehouses, highlighting fears that supplies could end up in the wrong hands.
The rebel Free Syrian Army fighting President Bashar al-Assad said the U.S. and British moves were rushed and mistaken. "We hope our friends will rethink and wait for a few days when things will be clearer," FSA spokesman Louay Meqdad said.
In Washington, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the United States was concerned about reports that Islamic Front forces had seized the buildings belonging to the Syrian Military Council, which is nominally in charge of the FSA.
"As a result of the situation ... the United States has suspended all further deliveries of non-lethal assistance into northern Syria," Earnest said, adding that humanitarian aid was not affected by the move.
The suspension underlines a crisis for the FSA leadership, which needs international backing to reinforce its credibility and to stop its fighters joining al Qaeda-backed Islamist militants who now dominate the war with Assad.
Fighters from the Islamic Front, which groups six major rebel brigades and which said last week it had quit the FSA, seized the headquarters of the Syrian Military Council and weapons warehouses at the Bab al-Hawa crossing on Syria's northwestern border with Turkey.
A U.S. official said FSA leader General Salim Idriss had fled into Turkey during the takeover of the warehouses, which contained trucks, food, medical packs and communication equipment including laptops and radios....
"This is absolutely not the beginning of the U.S. washing its hands. We will remain engaged in the humanitarian effort. We will remain engaged in the diplomatic effort," the official said, adding: "This doesn't represent a change in policy in our support for the moderate opposition."
He said the administration was looking for other ways to see how the support can be provided to ensure it does not fall into the hands of "extremists"....
"I ... want to underline that our support to the opposition remains undiminished," the British embassy spokesman said.
"We have been long-standing and strong supporters of General Idriss and the SMC. That remains the case. It is important that the SMC remains united in the face of attacks from the regime and from extremist groups....
Idris has fled the country, but who cares about such details?
Last Monday and Tuesday I was in the studios of the Aramaic Broadcasting Network, filming two live shows and taping four more shows for future broadcast. While there, I was told that an imam named Bashir Abdul Haqq had contacted the network, asking to debate me on the question of whether or not Muhammad existed, the subject of my 2012 book Did Muhammad Exist?. I readily agreed, of course, and the debate was set for tonight. However, I contacted ABN earlier today to make sure that everything was set to go and was told that after Haqq saw me in the two live shows last week (which you can see here and here), he backed out.
And so add this "lion of Allah" to the long and ever-lengthening list of Muslim spokesmen who fear to debate me. Most heap abuse and scorn at the prospect, claiming that I am too "hateful" to deal with. The reality is otherwise: they know the truth is on my side, and that they'd be defeated, and soundly. And so the lions of Allah turn rather quickly into sheep.
But Afghanistan has seen so much progress since then:
Top image thanks to Historical Pics.
"Few believe the Boko Haram terrorist network has such capability." Why not? With the U.S. importing whole communities from Somalia and elsewhere in the Islamic world, and making no effort whatsoever to screen those immigrants, how hard can it be to send in a few jihadists?
"Islamic extremist leader boasts of Nigerian attack," by Michelle Faul for the Associated Press, December 12 (thanks to Kenneth):
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The leader of an Islamic uprising in northeastern Nigeria boasts in a new video of a daring attack on military bases in a provincial capital and threatens to attack the United States next.
Few believe the Boko Haram terrorist network has such capability though there are fears its insurgency could spread to neighboring states. Officials have said that fighters from Chad, Niger and Cameroon are fighting alongside the Nigerian insurgents. Boko Haram members have been identified fighting in the Islamic rebellion in northern Mali and it has said some of its fighters trained alongside al-Shabab in Somalia.
In his first statement since the United States designated Boko Haram a terrorist network last month, Abubakar Shekau swore at the United States, calling it a prostitute nation of infidels and liars. The United States in July posted a reward of $7 million for information leading to Shekau's arrest.
He suggests that the U.S., which could not defend itself against the September 2011 terrorist attacks, cannot hurt his movement.
"If you had the capability, you would have done it in your own country. Where were you when your World Trade Center was bombed, including your Pentagon, when you were faced on your own turf?" he asks.
Shekau, eyes glaring with an anger not exhibited in previous videos, gesticulates wildly as he vows: "By Allah, we will never stop. Don't think we will stop in Maiduguri. Tomorrow you will see us in America itself. Our operation is not confined to Nigeria, it is for the whole world."...
Just weeks ago John Kerry and others were assuring us that the "moderates" were dominant among the Syrian rebels. This is the reality. "Top Western-Backed Rebel in Syria Is Forced to Flee: Islamic Front Takes Over Aid Warehouses From Moderate Rebels," by Adam Entous and Rima Abushakra in the Wall Street Journal, December 11 (thanks to David):
Islamist fighters ran the top Western-backed rebel commander in Syria out of his headquarters, and he fled the country, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
The Islamists also took over key warehouses holding U.S. military gear for moderate fighters in northern Syria over the weekend. The takeover and flight of Gen. Salim Idris of the Free Syrian Army shocked the U.S., which along with Britain immediately froze delivery of nonlethal military aid to rebels in northern Syria.
The turn of events was the strongest sign yet that the U.S.-allied FSA is collapsing under the pressure of Islamist domination of the rebel side of the war. It also weakened the Obama administration's hand as it struggles to organize a peace conference next month bringing together rebels and the regime.
The Islamic Front is a recently formed alliance of the largest Islamist rebel groups that excludes the two main al Qaeda-linked rebel groups—the Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham—and is considered the more moderate faction among Islamist rebel groups.
Gen. Idris flew to the Qatari capital of Doha on Sunday after fleeing to Turkey, U.S. officials said Wednesday. "He fled as a result of the Islamic Front taking over his headquarters," a senior U.S. official said.
An Islamic Front spokesman also said Gen. Idris had fled to Turkey....
"When you meet the unbelievers, smite their necks, then, when you have made wide slaughter among them, tie fast the bonds; then set them free, either by grace or ransom, till the war lays down its loads." -- Qur'an 47:4
That verse does seem to involve taking captives, and then setting them free outright or in exchange for ransom. And this is how it has been understood in Islamic law: "As for the captives, the amir [ruler] has the choice of taking the most beneficial action of four possibilities: the first to put them to death by cutting their necks; the second, to enslave them and apply the laws of slavery regarding their sale and manumission; the third, to ransom them in exchange for goods or prisoners; and fourth, to show favor to them and pardon them. Allah, may he be exalted, says, 'When you encounter those [infidels] who deny [the Truth=Islam] then strike [their] necks' (Qur'an sura 47, verse 4)" — Abu’l-Hasan al-Mawardi, al-Ahkam as-Sultaniyyah (The Laws of Islamic Governance), trans. by Dr. Asadullah Yate, (London), Ta-Ha Publishers Ltd., 1996, p. 192.
Amin Gemayal is apparently yet another non-Muslim politician like David Cameron: confident that he knows Islam better than Islamic jihadists who have dedicated their lives to following its dictates, and sure that the genuine article is peaceful, despite the abundance of evidence to the contrary.
"Gemayel: Abduction of nuns contradicts Koran teachings," from Ya Libnan, December 11:
Former Lebanese president and phalange party leader Amin Gemayel slammed the abductors of the Lebanese and Syrian Christian nuns and said their action does not honor them , has nothing to do with Islam and contradicts with the teachings of the Holy Koran.
“The abduction of the Maalula nuns does not honor those who did it and this act has nothing to do with Islam and this is a grave historic mistake that contradicts with the teachings of the Holy Koran.” Gemayel who is on an official visit to the United States told LBCI....
Yahya Hassan: racist?
This shows the absurdity of classifying criticism of jihad terror and Islamic supremacism as "racism": Yahya Hassan and Mohamed Suleban are likely of the same race, or at any rate both would be considered "non-white" in today's political culture. It also illustrates the deep insecurity and inability to face criticism that is shared by Islamic supremacists everywhere.
"Danish rap poet Yahya Hassan faces racism charge for knocking Muslims," by Liz Bury for the Guardian, December 12 (thanks to Twostellas):
A young Danish Palestinian rapper and poet, whose debut collection criticising the Danish Muslim immigrant community provoked death threats and a physical assault, appeared in court this week to see his attacker sentenced to five months in prison.
But 18-year-old Yahya Hassan still faces a charge of racism in a second case brought in the same week by a local politician, who claimed that non-Muslims who spoke and wrote as he did would be open to prosecution.
Hassan burst onto the scene with an interview in Politiken newspaper in October entitled "I F***ing Hate My Parents' Generation".
His collection, titled Yahya Hassan, has sold 80,000 copies since October and is expected to have topped 100,000 by Christmas, according to publisher Gyldendal. He has won fans among the Danish middle-class for his work, which slams what he sees as hypocrisy among the immigrant Muslim community in Denmark, and accuses them of a raft of negative behaviours, including bad parenting and social security fraud.
His poetry has tapped into a rumbling public debate about Islam in Denmark, which erupted in 2005 when the daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten published a depiction of the prophet Muhammad with a bomb as his turban. The paper later apologised for publishing the cartoons, saying that they had caused "serious misunderstandings". The country has a strong pro-free speech lobby, which is open to hijacking by racists.
Hassan was brought up in the deprived area of Gellerup in Aarhus, with a disciplinarian father. He is vociferous in his criticism of his parents' generation of Muslims, and slams the attitudes of his peer group. He has been subject to death threats, and was assaulted in November at Copenhagen Central Station, by 24-year-old Isaac Meyer, also of Palestinian descent, who has previously served a jail term for his part in a failed terrorist plot.
The racism charge was brought this week by local politician Mohamed Suleban, who told Politiken newspaper: "He says that everybody in the ghettos like Vollsmose and Gellerup steal, don't pay taxes and cheat themselves to pensions. Those are highly generalising statements and they offend me and many other people."
Novelist Liz Jensen, who lives in Denmark, said: "Denmark is obsessed with him. He's a bright, angry young man, talented and very charismatic. He deserves attention because his poetry, born of rap, is raw and urgent and has huge flair. Its observational qualities, along with its mix of Danish street-slang and sophisticated word-play has real literary merit. But would he get so much coverage if he weren't criticizing the Muslim ghetto community he comes from? I suspect not."
Nonsense. If he were criticizing non-Muslim Danish culture or Christianity, he'd be celebrated everywhere, and no one would dream of bringing a "racism" charge against him.
She added: "Most of the people who come to his readings aren't his target audience. They are white middle-aged Danes. He's providing music for their ears. And many of those who laud him in the media aren't typical poetry-lovers: they're right-wing populists and those he calls "freedom-of-expression junkies". He is providing music for their ears, too. In the midst of all these he has really kept his integrity. He's the kid from the ghetto, giving the world the finger."
Hassan'a collection, written entirely in capital letters, is not yet available in English, but a translated excerpt from LONG POEM, published by the Wall Street Journal, provides a flavour of his work:
"You don't want pork meat,
may Allah praise you for your eating habits,
you want Friday prayer till the next Friday prayer,
you want Ramadan till the next Ramadan,
and between the Friday prayers and the Ramadans,
you want to carry a knife in your pocket,
you want to go and ask people if they have a problem,
although the only problem is you."
"President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono did not name the groups" that were threatening the Christians -- because he knew that if he did name them, they would take that in itself as a new offense, and possibly target him as well. The whole world is cowed and terrified in the face of the intimidation from these groups.
"Indonesia warns of possibly violent Christmas," from Reuters, December 12 (thanks to Twostellas):
(Reuters) - Indonesia's president has ordered police to step up security around churches over the Christmas holidays following reports of possible attacks.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono did not name the groups, but it was a clear reference to Islamic extremists. Though major terror groups have largely been crushed following a series of deadly attacks in the early 2000s, small Muslim extremist cells still operate.
"I have received a report from the chief of police of the existence of the elements who plan to disrupt security and order in certain places," the presidential palace quoted Yudhoyono as saying on Thursday before flying to Japan for a regional summit.
The warning comes amid growing concerns of a rise in religious intolerance in the world's largest Muslim population, with the government criticised for not doing enough to protect religious minorities, including Christians, from hardline Islamic groups.
"We will deploy two thirds of our personnel and safety apparatus at churches and other places of worship, shopping centres, tourist and entertainment spots that are frequented by the public (over the Christmas and New Year holidays)," national police chief General Sutarman said.
The "Palestinians," as you can see from the story below, are in complete denial about why these killings happen. Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide. A manual of Islamic law certified as a reliable guide to Sunni orthodoxy by Al-Azhar University, the most respected authority in Sunni Islam, says that "retaliation is obligatory against anyone who kills a human being purely intentionally and without right." However, "not subject to retaliation" is "a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring's offspring." ('Umdat al-Salik o1.1-2).
In other words, someone who kills his child incurs no legal penalty under Islamic law. The Palestinian Authority gives pardons or suspended sentences for honor murders. Iraqi women have asked for tougher sentences for Islamic honor murderers, who get off lightly now. Syria in 2009 scrapped a law limiting the length of sentences for honor killings, but "the new law says a man can still benefit from extenuating circumstances in crimes of passion or honour 'provided he serves a prison term of no less than two years in the case of killing.'" And in 2003 the Jordanian Parliament voted down on Islamic grounds a provision designed to stiffen penalties for honor killings. Al-Jazeera reported that "Islamists and conservatives said the laws violated religious traditions and would destroy families and values."
In light of all this, until authorities get the courage to tell the truth about honor killing, there will be many more such murders.
"Palestinians see worrisome trend in 'honour' killings rise," by Noah Browning for Reuters, December 11 (thanks to Twostellas):
AQQABA, West Bank, Dec 11 (Reuters) - A silvery green olive grove set in the red soil of a Palestinian village is a crime scene - testament to a practice so sensitive that it is spoken of only in whispers.
One night in late November, Rasha Abu Ara, a 32-year-old mother of five, was beaten to death and strung from a gnarled tree branch as a gruesome badge of "family honour" restored.
The woman's alleged sin was adultery, and her killer was either her own brother or husband, security sources told Reuters. Both are behind bars while an investigation continues.
Her murder brought to 27 the number of women slain in similar circumstances in Palestinian-run areas this year, according to rights groups - more than twice last year's victims.
The rise has led Palestinians to question hidebound laws they say are lax on killers, as well as a reluctance to name and shame in the media and society, which may contribute to a feeling of impunity among perpetrators.
"It feels like something that belongs to another time," said one young man in Aqqaba who refused to give his name, the first hints of a beard on his chin. "But, it's standard."
A week after the crime, Aqqaba mayor Jamal Abu Ara, who is a member of the victim's extended family, and his brothers sat in their village home, smoking cigarettes and choosing their words carefully.
"This act has no religion - it comes from closed, tribal thinking left over from an age of ignorance. People here are walking around in a haze; they want to know who did it and why. Of course, it's the first time it's happened here," he said.
His brother added: "Islam requires you have four witnesses to prove the act of adultery. "It's not right what happened. Especially since if it were a man, some would just say 'boys will be boys'," he said....
"Honour killing" is a social menace that occurs throughout the Middle East, though precise figures are often elusive. In neighbouring Jordan, for example, a Cambridge University survey of attitudes among young people published in June found that a third of respondents agreed with the practice. The researchers attributed the result to low levels of education and "patriarchal and traditional world views, emphasis placed on female virtue and a more general belief that violence against others is morally justified."
The study estimated an average of 15 to 20 such killings occur every year in Jordan, with a population of around 6.3 million, compared to around 4 million in Palestinian lands....
But Soraida Hussein, whose rights group Muntada tallied this year's killings, said the practice also has deep roots. "There is no balance in power relations between the genders. There is a patriarchal mentality...as always, the force and pressure in society is transferred from the strong to the weak," she said....
The passing of stricter laws on violence against women is hamstrung by the absence of a Palestinian parliament, which has not met since President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party and the Islamist Hamas group fought a brief, bloody civil war in 2007.
Abbas has used his executive power to amend or cancel parts of the penal law, but has not yet changed all legislation which applies a separate status to domestic violence and has been used to justify killings and lighten prison sentences.
Palestinian Minister of Women's Affairs Rabiha Diab saved much of her blame for violence toward women for Israel: "The Israeli occupation is the one practising the utmost violence ... it's the main thing keeping us from advancing....
Spreading awareness on the issue can open campaigners and journalists to criticism and even threats, which may partly explain its scant airing in public, however.
Press bulletins occasionally note the discovery of a woman's body in what are called "hazy circumstances" - a common euphemism for honour killings.
Names are concealed and the news is rarely followed up on. "When you touch such stories, you're up against a social taboo," said Palestinian journalist Naela Khalil, whose work focuses on women's issues. "Here, the family is stronger than even the security forces. I might criticise Mahmoud Abbas more easily than a father or a brother who killed a woman. Doing this may mean a struggle with a whole family or village," she said.
And remember: Jordan is supposed to be "moderate." In any case, this is an easy way for them to declare that they're against "terrorism" while continuing to support the jihad against Israel. And credulous Western analysts (who are legion) will dutifully classify them as "moderate" and "anti-terror."
AMMAN — The Lower House on Wednesday endorsed draft amendments to the State Security Court (SSC) Law following extensive discussions over its provisions.
The deputies excluded "resistance actions" against Israel from the court's jurisdiction, following a proposal to do so by Deputy Tareq Khoury (Zarqa, 1st District).
The deputies agreed that any actions against Israel cannot be "terrorism" at all; hence, they approved a provision that excludes actions against Israel from terrorism crimes.
The draft amendments limit the jurisdiction of the SSC to five crimes specified in the Constitution: treason, espionage, terrorism, drugs and money counterfeiting.
The bill will be sent to the Senate for deliberations and endorsement, after which it will be forwarded to His Majesty King Abdullah for ratification....
Elder of Ziyon has statements about jihad being an individual duty of every Muslim and more -- spoken by a Christian lawmaker in Jordan here.
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