Prix Europa 2011 31 October 2011
"This is a film about a murder. The victim, a young woman gunned down at a bus stop in Berlin. The murderer is her brother. It is an "honour killing" because Hatun Surucu lived "like a German". In a remarkable and thought-provoking series of interviews with the murderer, who is still in jail, his family and friends, the filmmakers explore the evidence behind the case. Through this highly personal testimony, a much more disturbing picture emerges - the harsh and uncomfortable reality that integration has failed and that Turks and Germans exist in "parallel societies". Story telling and film-making at its best."
Citizen Warrior 31 October 2011
AL SIEBERT, author of Survivor Personality, said something interesting in his book, and I've been thinking about it for awhile now. The book is about what personality traits survivors hold in common. Siebert has studied survivors of POW camps, concentration camps, plane crashes, boats sinking, etc. He's made this study his life's work. Here's the quote, and then I'll tell you what I've been thinking:
FrontPage Magazine 31 October 2011
By Bruce Bawer
The recent arrival in my mail of a book entitled Islam: Critical Essays about a Political Religion has prompted a number of thoughts. Edited by Sam and Wim van Rooy and published late last year, it is a massive compendium, just under 800 pages long. It is in Dutch. (The title is actually De Islam: Kritische Essays over een Politieke Religie.) And it is richly comprehensive, with thirty-four essays on such subjects as the Islamization of Europe, Islam in India, the term "Islamophobia,” jihad in Africa, dhimmitude, apostasy, the myth of Andalusia, taqiyya, Islam and the West, sharia law, Islam’s "fellow travelers,” Jews under Islam, Christians under Islam, Islam and women, Islam and slavery, Islam and fascism, and Islam vs. democracy.
The German government's attempts to unite different religious groups seem to be turning sour. Introducing lessons on Islam in schools was meant to help integrate the country's three million Muslims. But the policy is having some undesired effects.
Ilmar Reepalu is the Mayor of Malmo, Sweden’s third largest city. He is a man on the move, trying to promote and develop Malmo’s position as a leader in green technology around the world. He can squeeze us in for an interview at 8:30 on a Sunday evening. Uncomplaining, he rides up to Malmo’s City Hall on his bicycle in the dark and rain to talk to us.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak: "We will do everything to defend Israeli civilians"; over 30 projectiles fired at Israel in past day Date: 30/10/2011, 9:00 AM Author: IDF Website Over 30 rockets and mortars were fired from the Gaza Strip at Israeli communities over the past day.