A NEW Egyptian TV news channel is presented by women wearing veils and dressed head to toe in black, with men banned. The only visible female face in the Cairo-based studio of a new Islamic TV channel for women is that of a puppet. The human stars are all veiled from head to toe, with only their eyes showing.
DanielPipes.org 30 July 2012
By Daniel Pipes
Mitt Romney, the all-but-official Republican presidential candidate, delivered a stem-winder of a speech to the Jerusalem Foundation today, packing emotional support with frank policy statements. The contrast with Obama could hardly be more dramatic.
Indeed, one could go through the speech and note the many refutations of Obama. For example, the opening comment that "To step foot into Israel is to step foot into a nation that began with an ancient promise made in this land" directly contrasts with Obama's crabbed statement in Cairo about "the aspiration for a Jewish homeland [being] rooted in a tragic history."
British Freedom 28 July 2012
In November 2012, for the first time ever, members of the public will be able to vote for a Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) to act as "the voice of the people and hold the police to account” in their police force area.
Police and crime commissioners (PCCs) will aim to cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service within their force area.
Gates of Vienna 27 July 2012
By Paul Weston
Early summer 2012 has been an extraordinarily successful period for British Freedom. Whilst I’ve been busy fielding questions on local and national radio, Kevin Carroll has been winning hearts and minds with his electrifying public speeches, and Stephen Lennon has been promoting British Freedom abroad, recently representing our party at the historic Brussels conference held in the European Parliament building.
Canada Free Press 27 July 2012
By Daniel Greenfield
Over in Toronto, a Muslim cleric with the unwieldy name of Al-Hashim Kamena Atangana had a great idea. Al-Hashim’s idea was for Toronto to pass laws forcing women to wear Burkas. "Cover up or get raped”, was the implied message. Toronto only has an estimated 5.5 percent Muslim population so the Toronto Taliban probably won’t be getting their way until they have higher double digit numbers, but they can wait.
Video: ICLA post speech panel discussion with Tommy Robinson, Lars Hedigaard, Hans Jansen and others
This is the Q&A with the ICLA crew from July 9 2012 at the European Parliament in Brussels. The entire video is about 45 minutes and there are some great moments in it.
Video: "If you ever disrespect Islam ever again, I'm going to personally find you all, ok?...You'll fucking die."
Shortly after Robert Spencer interviewed me about "Islamophobia" on his new ABN show on July 23, ABN received this chilling death threat. If Daisy Khan or Huma Abedin had received this threat, the police would be on 24-hour guard at their house. But no one will take notice of this one.
New Europe 28 July 2012
By Robert Ellis
The civil war in Syria fails to overshadow the main item on the agenda – the looming confrontation with Iran. The head of Britain’s MI6, Sir John Sawers, recently warned that Iran will become a nuclear weapons state within two years, by which time Israel or the United States will have to decide to launch a military strike.
In the latest issue of Foreign Affairs, an American professor, Kenneth Waltz, has argued that the best way to restore stability to the Middle East would be for Iran to possess nuclear weapons and create a balance of power between Iran and Israel. Waltz dismisses that the Iranian regime is irrational and claims that Iran desires nuclear weapons to provide for its own security. In so doing, Waltz makes the same mistake as European leaders in the 1930s, who without reading Mein Kampf argued that German rearmament posed no threat.
Waltz makes no mention of the Iranian regime’s belief in the Twelfth Imam, who supposedly has hidden in a well near the holy city of Qom since the ninth century.
President Ahmadinejad is reported to have ordered his cabinet to write a letter to the Imam and drop it down the well. The Twelvers would like to create the right apocalyptic conditions for the Imam’s return as the world’s saviour, the Mahdi, so there is a fear of what can happen if these lunatics develop a nuclear weapon.
Turkey, both as a member of NATO and a regional power, plays a key role in this situation. The Turkish premier, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has declared that Iran’s nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes, and for the same reason Turkey and Brazil two years ago voted against a Security Council resolution to impose new sanctions on Iran.
But in an interview with Forbes Magazine President Abdullah Gül stated that he believed it was Iran’s final aspiration to have a nuclear weapon and that this would trigger an arms race in the Middle East.
The same ambiguity marks Turkey’s relations with Iran. On the one hand Erdogan calls Ahmadinejad "our friend” but on the other Erdogan’s visit to Egypt and his promotion of ‘the Turkish model’ has annoyed Iran. Ayatollah Khamenei’s military adviser said that Erdogan’s presentation of the secular model was "unexpected and unimaginable” and warned that trade ties with Turkey would be in jeopardy if Turkey did not change tack.
Erdogan has earlier called Syria’s Bashar al-Assad "my brother” but Erdogan’s support for the opposition has strained relations with Teheran. Ahmadinejad has also criticized Turkey for allowing the deployment of NATO’s missile shield, which is "aimed at defending the Zionist regime”. However, on his visit to Teheran in March Erdogan assured Iran that the radar system could be dismantled if NATO failed to comply with Turkey’s conditions, which included not sharing data with Israel.
Despite these tensions trade between Turkey and Iran is flourishing. Two years ago Erdogan spoke of trebling the bilateral trade volume from an annual $10 billion to $30 billion, but on a recent visit to Teheran the Turkish Minister of Development talked of increasing the trade exchange to $35 billion by 2015.
Iran is now Turkey’s third largest trading partner after Germany and Britain. Most of Turkey’s import consists of natural gas and oil, and even though Turkey has bowed to U.S. pressure and reduced its import of oil, Iran is still Turkey’s main supplier.
Iran is now cut off from SWIFT, the global payments network, and instead has begun to deal in gold. Therefore, in the first five months of the year three-quarters of Turkey’s gold exports went to Iran, an eightfold increase from the same period in 2011.
There has also been a marked increase in the number of Iranian companies registered in Turkey, a number of which have been established to evade sanctions. Erdogan has earlier stated, "We are Iran’s door opening to Europe”, and this may well be the case.
Cyprus, which has just taken over the EU presidency, plays the same ambiguous role in the region. Since independence in 1960 Cyprus has been non-allied, but Cyprus’ first president, Archbishop Makarios, tried to play NATO off against the Soviet bloc in his pursuit of enosis (union with Greece). Ultimately, this resulted in the Greek junta’s coup, Turkey’s invasion and the island’s partition in 1974.
Now Cyprus’ communist president, Demetris Christofias, is trying to play the EU off against Russia in the hope of securing better terms for a bailout from the EU. Russia has already lent Cyprus €2.5 billion but Christofias has asked Russia for an additional five billion. Russian warships have for the first time docked at Limassol port en route to Syria, and in January a Russian ship with a cargo of ammunition bound for Syria also put in at Limassol but was allowed to proceed.
As the Russian paper Nezavisimaya Gazeta commented in a headline: "Moscow buys the economy of Cyprus”. The question is whether it has also bought the government.
At the same time, the alliance between Cyprus and Israel to exploit natural gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean constitutes a potential area of conflict between these two countries and Turkey.
CarolineGlick.com 27 July 2012
By On Wednesday, John Brennan, US President Barack Obama's assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism, made a quick trip to Israel to discuss Hezbollah's massacre of Israeli tourists in Burgas, Bulgaria last week.
On Wednesday, John Brennan, US President Barack Obama's assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism, made a quick trip to Israel to discuss Hezbollah's massacre of Israeli tourists in Burgas, Bulgaria last week.
Hopefully it was an instructive meeting for the senior US official, although his Israeli interlocutors were undoubtedly dumbstruck by how difficult it was to communicate with him. Unlike previous US counterterror officials, Brennan does not share Israel's understanding of Middle Eastern terrorism.
Diana West 27 July 2012
By Diana West
More Dhimmi Excellence even before the London Games begin!
From the Independent (with thanks to Ruthfully Yours):
David Cameron has refused to back calls for a minute's silence during the Olympics' opening ceremony to commemorate 11 athletes murdered in a terror attack at the Munich Games 40 years ago.
Radical Islam.org.’s mandate is to reach as broad a spectrum of people as is possible. One recent success is the appearance of RadicalIslam.org’s National Security Advisor Ryan Mauro on the Thom Hartmann Program, a nationally syndicated radio show that reaches 2.75 million listeners a week.
You can't use sharia law in divorce deal: Muslim hospital consultant told to pay ex-wife maintenance...
Right Side News 27 July 2012
By Eric Bell
Friday morning, 4:10 am, Los Angeles, CA: I am being wired for sound. There are big hot lights pointed in my eyes, a screen depicting the Los Angeles skyline behind me, and a camera pointed at my face. In a few minutes I will be addressing a live audience of millions of viewers, about what I believe to be the defining issue of our time, the Islamization of the West.
Canada Free Press 27 July 2012
By David Rushton
This article may seem a little long and, to some, boring history; but a basic understanding of how Islam began in war and violence will help the reader understand the threat of Islam today to The United States, Canada, and Europe. Far from being a religion of peace Islam is, and has always been, a cult of war. And today Islam controls most of the world including the United States and Europe. I have condensed my original essay down to one sixth of what I originally wrote.