ABC This Week – October 31, 2010The deputy national security adviser discusses the global terror threat.
vladtepesblogdotcom – Part One – Oct. 30, 2010
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C-Span broadcast a presentation by American Enterprise Institute scholar Ayaan Hirsi Ali at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on Monday, October 25th. Hirsi Ali is the author of the acclaimed Infidel and the recently published Nomad. The topic of her presentation was “Islam and Women’s Rights”, something she knows about up close and personal given her own background growing up in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, escaping Islam and becoming a member of the Dutch parliament in the Hague from 2003 to 2006. In this presentation she deals with an issue of current debate, “Islam is a Cult’, that is at the core of opposition to mega-Mosque projects in the US from Ground Zero in lower Manhattan, to the expanded Islamic center in Murfreesboro, Tennesse to the proposed Temecula Valley Islamic Center. Among other issues she addressed in her presentation were:
•Is Islam a religion or a supremacist political doctrine?
•The threat of Islamization in the EU, UK and America.
•The agenda and infiltration by the Muslim Brotherhood in America.
•Women, Gay and girls’ rights under Islam.
We asked Vlad Tepes, the Canadian blogger and videographer, to post Hirsi Ali’s National Press Club presentation on You Tube so that it may get the widest possible audeince and go viral. We hope it does for the benefit of a wider audience and opponents of Mega Mosques, especially, here in America.
Source: Red County
ketabkhane – Cyrus the Great (Old Persian: Kuruš, Kourosh; ca. 576 or 590 BC — July 529 BC), also known as Cyrus II of Persia and Cyrus the Elder, was the founder of the Persian Empire under the Achaemenid dynasty. As leader of the Persian people in Anshan, he conquered the Medes and unified the two separate Iranian kingdoms; as the king of Persia, he reigned over the new empire from 559 BC until his death. The empire expanded under his rule, eventually conquering most of Southwest Asia and much of the Indian frontier to create the largest nation the world had yet seen. CYRUS THE GREATS’ CYLINDER the World’s First Charter of the Human Rights.
CNN – October 26, 2010
Again and Again, Political Correctness,
Now Clinical Psychologists from Human Relations Institute have come to rescue Islam, they interpret Islamophobia as a social anxiety and irrational fear of Islam. They ask people to educate public at large that Islam is not a religion of terrorism but a religion of peace and there is just a small group of radicals, who are not representing Islam that makes it look bad. To this Psychologist I would say those radical Muslim are the ones who have read Quran and act exactly as instructed in their holly book, while the moderate Muslims who are silent are the ones that have not perused Quran in their lives. So to you [thePsychologist] and the like I would recommend to go ahead and read the Quran and teach yourself those inspirational verses and learn about the peaceful (!) side of Islam and find out for yourself the psychology of the rationale behind the radicalism of Islam.
Jihad Watch – October 26, 2010
Islamic supremacist and Iranian regime apologist Reza Aslan spoke in Salt Lake City last night. What you read here is his speech and a rebuttal reported by Evan Mark on his lecture.
United States history is rife with examples of religious bigotry the nation later outgrew after decades of assimilation with Catholics, Mormons and Jews, said visiting scholar Reza Aslan. Islam will in time surmount the same obstacles, he said. But the politicized rhetoric against all things Islam means the stakes are much higher this time in the fight against divisiveness and for the American dream….
This is a familiar theme among Islamic supremacists these days. It completely ignores, of course, and hopes you don’t notice, the jihad terror attacks committed in the name of Islam in the U.S. (Fort Hood, Little Rock, the Detroit underwear bomber, the North Carolina plot, the Fort Dix plot, the JFK Airport plot, etc. etc. etc.), which have no parallel in the history of Catholics, Mormons or Jews in the United States.
Recounting a recent trip to Europe where he came face-to-face with that continent’s unease surrounding Muslims, Aslan said he returned home comforted by the knowledge that such xenophobia “couldn’t happen here.” Then he saw a TV advertisement sponsored by an organization called GOP Trust attacking the proposed “mosque at ground zero,” which, as Aslan noted, was neither a mosque nor proposed for location at ground zero.
Aslan knows better, but he hopes you don’t. Regarding the claims, often repeated (indeed, Aslan’s talk in Salt Lake City seems to have consisted entirely of recycled talking points from Hamas-linked CAIR), that the mosque at Ground Zero is neither a mosque nor at Ground Zero, in fact it is both. The Burlington Coat Factory building that will be torn down to build the mosque is part of the attack site, as the landing gear from one of the 9/11 planes crashed into its roof and fell five stories to the basement. The building is thus an essential part of Ground Zero itself, which will greatly enhance the mosque’s symbolic value in the Islamic world as another triumphal mosque, a la the Al-Aqsa mosque and Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount, the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul (the grandest cathedral in Christendom for a millennium, converted to a mosque in 1453, now a museum), and thousands of others throughout the Islamic world.
nal freedoms depended on the actions of one of the most draconian nations on earth,” Aslan said.
This is outstandingly dishonest, even by Aslan’s standards. Gingrich’s point is not that the U.S. should become more like Saudi Arabia, but that Saudi Arabia should become more like the U.S. The point would be to call upon the Saudis to offer the same religious freedom to non-Muslims that the U.S. offers to Muslims. Aslan, of course, being a Sharia supremacist, doesn’t want non-Muslims to have such freedom in Islamic states, so he twists the argument.
And now here is an eyewitness account from Evan Mark:
Reza Aslan delivered a whitewashed sermon last night to unsuspecting liberals and broken Mormons at the public library in downtown Salt Lake City. Well, less sermon and more fits and torrents of whiny passive-aggressive rage, really… Highlights (paraphrased) include:
“One day we’ll look back with the same derision, and scorn, and ridicule at the Robert Spencers and the Pamela Gellers as we do now at those who discriminated against Jews and Catholics…”
He slammed Pamela for her non-existent attack about Barack Obama being the “bastard child of Malcolm X,” and slammed you for the halal Campbell’s Soup issue, which the room ate up, of course.
This kind of thing shows that Reza Aslan has no interest in the truth whatsoever, and will lie in whatever way he thinks will advance his cause. For if he had bothered to do some fact-checking, he might have found this two-year-old statement from Pamela Geller on the actual post in question: “The ‘Atlas says that Barack Obama is Malcolm X’s love child’ charge has gone viral among leftards and lizards. The only problem with it is that it is false. I am not the author of this post, and I posted it because the writer did a spectacular job documenting Obama’s many connections with the Far Left. The Malcolm X claim is one minor part of this story, and was of interest to me principally as part of the writer’s documentation that Stanley Ann Dunham could not have been where the Obama camp says she was at various times. I do not believe that Barack Obama is Malcolm X’s love child, and never did — but there remain many, many unanswered questions about his early life and upbringing.”
And regarding the halal soup, he misrepresented my position at the Daily Beast a couple of weeks ago, and I responded by pointing out that I had never said that the halal soup was a sign of Sharia coming to America (this was an invention of Leftist pseudo-journalist/propagandist Rachel Slajda), but was troubled only by the Campbell’s connection to Hamas-linked ISNA. Did Aslan tell his Salt Lake City audience about ISNA’s ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood? Somehow I doubt it.
In any case, I am surprised to hear that he mentioned Pamela Geller and me — apparently several times. When I speak to public audiences, I don’t talk about Reza Aslan. We are, apparently, living in his head, and he is growing desperate about the fact that the truth is getting about him and about the Islamic supremacist agenda in general. But as slick as he is (and that is far less than he clearly thinks he is), he won’t be able to stop the truth from coming out.
Evan Mark continues with his paraphrases of Aslan’s remarks, and his comments on them (in italics below):
“The problem with radicalization isn’t that Muslim aren’t going to mosques. In fact, we have a problem with radicalism precisely because there are not enough Muslims going to mosques!”
At this I laughed loudly, vomited a little in my mouth, and had to walk out.
Reza Aslan has got to be the most pretentious, power-hungry little weasel of a human being I think I’ve ever had the displeasure to hear speak.
“Adherents of the world’s great religions — Christians, Muslims, and Jews, are all the same since they all share historical ties to Abraham.”
“Nothing can stop the spread of Islam. There are those who would try, but it simply will not happen. Absolutely nothing can stop the spread of Islam.” (He became wide-eyed and fanatical when he said this.)
“I’m being paid to tell you that what will change the world will be ideas and information, but I’m here to tell you that this isn’t true. Ideas and information will not change the world because ideas and information don’t change people.”
I guess that’s why he feels so free to lie.
You could sit me down with Bill O’Reilly for 30 minutes and we could have a discussion about Islam and do you think it would change him!?! No way! (Cue uproarious laughter. I wonder how much it would change you, Reza?)
O’Reilly is a clueless empty suit, anyway, and the Islamic supremacists already own him, so why should Aslan bother sitting down with him?
“Some people say we’re in a war of ideas, well, I’m here to tell you. There IS no war of ideas. It’s a myth.”
“What will change the world will ultimately be human relationships.”
He is so pretentious! He oozes smugness and arrogance. Listening to him talk is truly painful.
For anyone there who may have been interested in honest analysis, I’m sure it was painful.
Source: Jihad Watch
MDSTVUSA – October 26, 2010
Mashable/Social Media – October 22, 2010
WikiLeaks has once again captured international headlines with the release of 391,832 secret Iraq War documents that reveal new information about detainee treatment, civilian deaths, and the involvement of Iran in backing Iraqi militias. The Iraq War Logs, provided to at least a dozen media organizations including The Guardian, The New York Times, Del Spiegel, Al Jazeera, CNN and the BBC, offer an on-the-ground perspective into six years of the Iraq conflict. Some of the documents posted by Wikileaks, The NYT and others provide unprecedented detail into how the war conducted. Here’s a summary of the conclusions many media organizations have made about the documents: The number of Iraqi civilians deaths is greater than the numbers publicly reported by the United States. Most of those deaths came at the hands of other Iraqis. Iran was involved in the training, supplying and support of Iraqi Shiite militias. They may have even engaged with U.S. troops directly. Detainees were treating with shocking amounts of violence. The abuse was so feared that U.S. troops sometimes threatened prisoners with a transfer to Iraqi police units, where they would have most certainly been treated worse. While several media organizations have had time to analyze the documents, there’s definitely a lot more to be learned from today’s leak. The Iraq War Logs leak is the largest leak of military secrets in history, supplanting the record WikiLeaks set with the Afghan War Diary leak. Last week, we reported on the impending Iraq War Logs leak. The Pentagon, which has been preparing for today’s document release, responded to the Iraq War Logs release earlier today. “We deplore WikiLeaks for inducing individuals to break the law, leak classified documents and then cavalierly share that secret information with the world, including our enemies,” Department of Defense Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said in the Pentagon’s response. “We know terrorist organizations have been mining the leaked Afghan documents for information to use against us, and this Iraq leak is more than four times as large. By disclosing such sensitive information, WikiLeaks continues to put at risk the lives of our troops, their coalition partners and those Iraqis and Afghans working with us. The only responsible course of action for WikiLeaks at this point is to return the stolen material and expunge it from their Web sites as soon as possible.” WikiLeaks is looking to get back to what it does best: leaking secret documents. Since the Afghan War Reports, WikiLeaks has seen its website go down and its funding blocked. Recent actions by founder Julian Assange, who has been embroiled in scandal, have led to internal strife at the organization.
Source: Mashable/Social Media
The US drive to isolate Tehran is unrelenting, impacting collaborators and competitors alike. An anonymous official recently briefed US media that “a significant list” of Chinese companies and banks were continuing to provide restricted technology and materials to Iran – and that the US had sent a senior envoy to Beijing to protest. The move embarrassed China into publicly reiterating its commitment to upholding the sanctions regime.
Turkey and Azerbaijan, two of Iran’s close neighbours, were on the receiving end this week when Stuart Levey, the US treasury department’s under-secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, came calling. Levey said he intended to brief private and public sector businesses about Iran’s “illicit conduct” and urge government leaders to ensure sanctions were enforced. US officials have undertaken similar arm-twisting missions in the Gulf and across the Arab and Muslim world.
Reports from Tehran suggest the sanctions are biting, although to what degree is unclear. In addition to the usual complaints about unemployment and inflation, there seems to be growing unhappiness about shortages and pay. The culture ministry issued a warning to print media that they faced closure if they reported opposition criticism. And dozens of reform activists are said to have been jailed in a new round of repression in recent weeks.
There are worries, too, about the public’s response to much-delayed plans by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to slash the huge $100bn annual bill for state subsidies for food and other staples. These concerns prompted a leading pro-regime cleric, Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, to warn Ahmadinejad last week to tread carefully.
All the same, Washington’s sanctions enforcement drive faces considerable difficulties. Chinese machinations aside, there is resistance to the measures in Turkey and Iraq, where Iran exerts considerable influence. Turkey, for example, depends on Tehran for about one-third of its energy needs. In Iraq, the prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, seems to depend on Tehran for his job.
Speaking earlier this month, Shamseddin Hosseini, Iran’s finance minister, admitted sanctions had caused “some kind of problem for us”. But he insisted Iran had large reserves of hard currency and would overcome any obstacles the US and others laid in its path. “The world is big, and the people who are trading [with us] find ways to transfer money,” he said. “When you block the stream of water, it goes another route.”
As if to underscore its determination not to succumb, Iran announced on Wednesday that its 20% uranium enrichment programme, the focus of US nuclear weapons concerns, was advancing apace. Its stockpile now amounts to 30kg and is steadily rising. Tehran also said it might rejoin the stalled nuclear talks next month. But, as ever, it seems likely to try to limit the scope of the discussions in ways the US and partners may find unacceptable.
Even if the talks do recommence, few people would be rash enough to suggest they will achieve a breakthrough after so many past disappointments. Despite all the pressure and despite some positive signs in recent months, there is little or no evidence so far that Iran’s top leadership is willing, or can be forced, to fundamentally change its ways. Ahmadinejad’s provocative posturing in Lebanon last week made that plain enough. And so the dread juggernaut of direct, physical confrontation rolls ever closer.
NPR – Kelly Mcevers – October 21, 2010
The practice of temporary marriage has long been common in Shiite Muslim communities, especially in Iran. The idea is that rather than having an affair, a man who wants to be sexually involved with a woman should marry her — for a few months, or even, hours — so the relationship will be legitimate. In Iraq, the practice was banned under Saddam Hussein but then flourished after the American invasion. Now, though, some men are using the system to take advantage of poor women, and many of Iraq’s Shiites say the very religious institutions that sanction such marriages are to blame. One mother of three, who is so ashamed about what happened to her she doesn’t want to give her name, says her husband abandoned her when she found out he preferred men. She had no way to support the family. A religious figure in her neighborhood promised to help. He brought her to his home, locked the door and had sex with her. He offered her $15. For the man at least, it was a brief moment of muta’a, the Arabic word for pleasure — and the Arabic word for temporary marriage. The woman says the man who had sex with her worked with leading Shiite religious clerics in the Iraqi city of Najaf. It’s one of the most revered places in Shiite Islam.
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Veteran journalist Juan Williams was fired from his job as a senior news analyst for National Public Radio late Wednesday because of comments he made about Muslims and terrorism on The O’Reilly Factor in Fox News Channel, where he said “he gets worried and nervous when he sees people dressed in Muslim-style clothing on airplanes.”
Source: The Washington Post