International Humanist and Ethical Union 15 February 2010
By Roy Brown
The appalling lack of human rights in even the most liberal of Islamic States was highlighted this week when Qatar rejected the following recommendations made by member states of the Human Rights Council. Those not entitled to the full enjoyment of their human rights in Qatar include women, the children of mixed marriages, and–of course–homosexuals.
Daily Pioneer 15 February 2010
By Barry Rubin
Two recent articles are especially worthy of attention. The Washington Post has a piece about how Iran has been running into technical troubles in building nuclear weapons.
This is the kind of thing Israeli analysts have known about for years. Since it is out in public now, please note that the idea that Iran is about to get weapons in the next few months has been often exaggerated. But we are talking about, say, two years roughly, and some more time before they could deliver them by missiles.
Secular Democracy Iran 13 February 2010
David Horowitz's NewsReal 13 February 2010
By Robert Spencer
Here is my entry in a National Review symposium today, "Western Civilization on Trial”: The Geert Wilders trial ought to be an international media event; seldom has any court case anywhere had such enormous implications for the future of the free world. The case against him, which has all the legitimacy of a Stalinist-era Moscow show trial, is a manifestation of the global assault on free speech sponsored chiefly at the U.N. by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). If Wilders loses, the freedom of speech will be threatened everywhere in the West.
Daniel Pipes Blog 13 February 2010
By Daniel Pipes
As the Geert Wilders case goes into pre-trial, National Review Online asked our experts: Is there any legitimate reason he's in court? What are the implications of such a trial being held, never mind its outcome? (For replies by Bat Ye'or, Paul Marshall, Clifford D. May, Nina Shea, and Robert Spencer, click here.)
Pro-Wilders demonstrators outside the Amsterdam courthouse where he is to be tried.
Wilders is in court because the Netherlands has no First Amendment and so, endlessly, tries to figure out what speech to permit or prohibit. Wilders is hardly the only victim of this predicament; the arrest and jailing in 2008 of a cartoonist who goes by "Gregorius Nekschot" notoriously symbolized the state's incoherence.
FrontPage Magazine 13 February 2010
By Robert Spencer
The Stalinist-show-trial aspect of the Geert Wilders "hate speech” trial in the Netherlands was thrown into sharp relief last week when the Amsterdam District Court refused to allow Wilders to call fifteen of the eighteen witnesses he had hoped to bring forward in his defense. Wilders in response was characteristically direct: "This Court is not interested in the truth. This Court doesn’t want me to have a fair trial. I can’t have any respect for this. This Court would not be out of place in a dictatorship.”
I posted earlier today about a cartoon of a pig named "Mohamed” that recently caused great outrage among the Muslim taxi drivers of Norway.
In the comments section on the post, a reader named Jewel has explained the true (and surprising) story behind Mohammed the Pig:
Brussels Journal 13 February 2010
By Filip van Laenen
Last week-end, almost a thousand taxi drivers in the Norwegian capital Oslo and neighboring municipality Bærum went on what could be called a religious strike. Both on Friday evening and Monday morning, Muslim taxi drivers refused to drive in protest against Wednesday's front page of the Norwegian tabloid paper Dagbladet. That day, the tabloid ran an article about some of the "dangerous” pages the website of the Norwegian security service PST links to, and illustrated that with a screen shot of a cartoon showing the prophet Muhammad as a pig trampling the Qur'an.
AHA foundation 12 February 2010
PajamasMedia 12 February 2010
By Phyllis Chesler
There was a time, not long ago, when I viewed the French as arrogant Arab-lovers whose leaders chose to protect Yasir Arafat’s wealth and reputation, a people which sought to expunge their record as brutal colonizers and to continue their work as Holocaust collaborators by joining the jihad against the Jewish state.
France24 12 February 2010
Family Security Matters 12 February 2010
By Amil Imani
"Europe will be Muslim in a dozen years,” promises the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Supreme Guide (dictator) who is racing full-speed ahead to make as many bombs as possible with long-range missiles capable of delivering their payload anywhere in the world.
Victor Davis Hanson defines "The West" and identifies the problems created by our boundless self-criticism.