1. Confronting the ideology of Islamic Extremism – Tulsi Gabbard
(The Democrats are breaking ranks. Perhaps reality is stronger than fiction for those with integrity)
I wonder if any scales have fallen from any eyes in the last 24 hours? I do hope so. Cage is, after all, a group which has for years been introduced on the BBC, Channel 4 and so on as ‘the human rights group Cage’. Or if you were Peter Oborne writing in the Telegraph last summer, the ‘organisation’ which ‘has done more than any other to stand up for alleged terrorists’.
Peter has been a long-time supporter of Cage. Yet as I wrote in the Telegraph in a reply to Peter’s love letter last summer, Cage ‘does not just “stand up for alleged terrorists”. It also stands up for actual, convicted terrorists’.
‘For example, Cage is animated about the case of Aafia Siddiqui, jailed for 86 years in the US for attempting to murder US officials in Afghanistan and assaulting those who tried to stop her. Siddiqui had wide-ranging links to al-Qaeda and wasmarried to a key plotter behind the 9/11 attacks. At the beginning of her trial she said that jurors should be “subject to genetic testing” to see if they were Zionist or Israeli. She is no terror suspect – her guilt was proved in a court of law. Yet Cage’s profile on Siddiqui – which misses literally all this out – says it has “dedicated itself” to freeing her.
There were violent clashes on the streets of Newcastle today as hundreds of demonstrators from controversial anti-Islam group Pegida were met by a 2,000-strong counter-protest.
Around 400 people from the far-right group were shouted down by the counter-demonstration, with scuffles breaking out as the rally made its way through the city centre, leading to five arrests.
The rival demonstrations against the anti-Islam march were led by Respect MP George Galloway who spoke at the pro-Islam rally, branding the far-right protesters a ‘German Nazi group’.
(Once again, is there anyway Americans can impeach Obama and get Al Sisi?)
Cairo (CNN)An Egyptian court has ruled that Hamas is a terrorist organization, according to an Egyptian state-run media organization.
Hamas, the Islamist group which dominates the Gaza strip, has been at odds with the Egyptian government since the country’s former President, Mohammed Morsy, was ousted in a coup in the summer of 2013.
Morsy was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist political organization that shares deep ties with Hamas. The government formed after Morsy’s ouster designated the Brotherhood as a terrorist group in December 2013; since then, many of its leaders have been charged with supporting terrorism.
Much much more to come. Liberty.Dk translated an interview with Mullah Krakar that will make many people’s blood run cold. It is educated, honest and sincere. It needs to be countered however, but like that article in the Atlantic which seems to have been somewhat of a Sea Change in US mass media, this may also help bring many to their sense even if it drives many more to jihad or sympathy with the islamic position.
(I apologize for losing track of those of you who sent in materials for the 2nd post in a row. New email system combined with frantic busy has made it harder than normal to keep track. But know you are appreciated and doing good things for the Enlightenment.)