Geopolitics: Islamic State gains and more people begin to publicly expose islam for what it is: Links 1 on March 15 – 2015

1. An article in the Toronto Sun worthy of our attention. On the Prime Minister, Islamic dress codes and leftist complicity with totalitarian and misogynistic islam.

Ignorant” has got to be one of the most misused words today. An ignorant person is someone who is uninformed, missing some key information.

Not someone who holds an opinion that you don’t share.

Are the people who support banning the niqab during citizenship oaths ignorant? For some, sure. It could be a knee-jerk position they’ve latched onto without much reflection. But – memo to the politically correct! – it’s also possible to oppose the niqab from an informed and educated position.

I’ve read the Qur’an multiple times. I’ve done the crash course in Islamic history and jurisprudence. I routinely chat with Muslims, both supremacists and liberal. Heck, I even watched Lawrence of Arabia as a kid.

So when I argue that wearing the niqab is a pretty bad choice to make and that the government is completely right to insist women remove it during citizenship oaths, I’m not saying that out of ignorance.

2. Did Cage director train Jihadi John? MoS uncovers new evidence that links apologists for ISIS butcher to his desert weapons camp 

(A Gomer Pyle moment indeed)

The director of a human rights group which sparked outrage after it called Jihadi John ‘a beautiful young man’ may have been involved in training him at a camp run by militants in Syria.

A Mail on Sunday investigation has uncovered evidence that appears to place Cage director and former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg at the same Syrian training camp as Mohammed Emwazi – the real name of Jihadi John – in late 2012.

Emwazi later joined Islamic State (ISIS) and began the murderous campaign which has seen the beheading of five Western hostages.

A photograph of Cage director and former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg appears to place him at the same Syrian training camp as Mohammed Emwazi – the real name of Jihadi John

A photograph of Cage director and former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg appears to place him at the same Syrian training camp as Mohammed Emwazi – the real name of Jihadi John

3. Nigeria: Boko Haram bomb factory uncovered in troubled northeast

(Video at site is about the merger of Boko Haram and the Islamic State)

(CNN)Nigerian troops discovered a Boko Haram bomb factory this week after they seized a northern town from the extremists, the military said.

The factory was tucked inside a fertilizer company in Buni Yadi town in Yobe state, according to officials.

Islamist fighters took over the town in August, one of many seized in the troubled northeast. Troops have battled the militants for months to regain control, and said they recaptured it last week.

Militants planted explosive devices along the highway on their way out, which delayed the soldiers’ advance. Four soldiers were killed during the operation.

4. Relative of accused rapist in Finland gives the finger to the victim and her culture

5. Islamic State fighters in Libya battle militia near Sirte

Fighting has been raging in Libya between Islamic State (IS) fighters and a militia alliance from the west of the country, near the city of Sirte.

A spokesman for militia brigades told the BBC that two of their men had been killed in the clashes.

Jihadists affiliated to Islamic State seized government buildings and a state radio station in Sirte last month.

Their main base is in eastern Libya where the elected government and army have battled extremists for months.

6. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy claims that mosque not a religious place and therefore not deserving of protection as such.

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has sparked off a massive controversy by saying that mosque is not a religious place but is merely a building that can be demolished any time.

Swamy made these controversial statements in a programme at Guwahati. Swamy’s comments have attracted condemnation from all political parties. Even Assam BJP has disassociated themselves from Swamy’s remark.

According to HT, Swamy gave the “example” of mosques demolished for construction of roads in Saudi Arabia. The controversial leader said, “A mosque is not a religious place. It is just a building. It can be demolished any time. If anyone disagrees with me on this, I am ready to have a debate on the issue. I got this information from people of Saudi Arabia”. He stoked another controversy by claiming all Indian Muslims were Hindus.  He repeated the controversial comments again on Saturday.

(Pretty hard to argue with perfect logic and ample evidence)

Thank you M., UK Pete, Wrath of Khan, and for great comments by many many more.

More to come shortly.

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8 Replies to “Geopolitics: Islamic State gains and more people begin to publicly expose islam for what it is: Links 1 on March 15 – 2015”

  1. Robert Spencer on Why ISIS is Islamic

    Another virtuoso intellectual performance by Robert Spencer. I believe he stayed entirely with the Koran for his demonstration of the scriptural basis of Islamic State evil in the first half hour, with some modern commentary, but not even bothering to go to the almost equally canonical and even more comprehensively vile hadiths. Worthwhile Q & A as well. It’s encouraging to hear Spencer say that as bad as things are, he thinks that widespread enough awareness could quickly turn things around.

  2. Vatican backs force to stop IS ‘genocide’

    The Vatican’s ambassador to the United Nations has endorsed military action against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria — an unusual move because the Vatican traditionally has opposed force in the region.

    In an interview with the US Catholic website Crux, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi said IS fighters were committing atrocities on a huge scale and the world needed to intervene.

    “We have to stop this kind of genocide,” the Italian archbishop told Crux. “Otherwise we’ll be crying out in the future about why we didn’t do something, why we allowed such a terrible tragedy to happen.”

    Tomasi said a coordinated and “well-thought-out coalition” was needed to do everything possible to achieve a political settlement without violence.

    “But if that’s not possible, then the use of force will be necessary,” he added.

    Pope Francis has denounced the “intolerable brutality” being inflicted on Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria by IS group militants.

    Last month, IS kidnapped 220 Assyrians in the Tal Tamr area of Syria where the extremist Islamist group has seized control of 10 Christian villages, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

    And the pope expressed his dismay after the group’s Libyan branch released a video showing the gruesome beheading of 21 mostly Egyptian Coptic Christians.

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    ISIL: force may be necessary says Vatican ambassador to Geneva

    Silvano Tomasi says armed response could needed to protect minorities from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

    The Vatican’s ambassador in Geneva has said the use of force will be necessary to protect minority groups from Islamic State aggression if a political solution cannot be achieved.

    In an interview with U.S. Catholic website Crux, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi said the jihadists, who have declared a cross-border caliphate after seizing land in eastern Syria and northern Iraq, were committing “genocide” and must be stopped.

    “What’s needed is a coordinated and well-thought-out coalition to do everything possible to achieve a political settlement without violence,” Crux quoted Tomasi as saying on Friday, “but if that’s not possible, then the use of force will be necessary.”

    Tomasi’s words follow repeated condemnations of Islamic State by Pope Francis, who decried the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya in February and has said it is “lawful” to stop an unjust aggressor.

    The ambassador’s comments were published on the same day a group of countries led by the Holy See, Russia and Lebanon issued a statement calling on the international community to support all ethnic and religious communities in the Middle East.

    The Vatican said more than 60 countries including the United States have endorsed the statement, which warns that Christians in particular now “live a serious existential threat”.

    Tomasi emphasised in the interview that Christians are not the only minority group the Vatican wants to protect from Islamic State, which has beheaded Arab and western hostages and kidnapped or killed members of different religious minorities.

    “Christians, Yazidis, Shi’ites, Sunnis, Alawites, all are human beings whose rights deserve to be protected,” he said. “Christians are a special target at this moment, but we want to help them without excluding anyone.”

    Tomasi said any anti-Islamic State coalition should include the Muslim states of the Middle East and be guided by the United Nations.
    Vatican backs military force to stop ISIS ‘genocide’

  3. Russia Was Ready for Crimea Nuclear Standoff, Putin Says

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was ready to put his country’s nuclear forces on alert when he annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula last year in case of intervention by the U.S. and its allies.

    “We were ready to do that,” Putin said when asked in a documentary film about Russia’s takeover of Crimea aired Sunday on state television if the Kremlin had been prepared to place its nuclear forces on alert. The Russian leader said he warned the U.S. and Europe not to get involved, accusing them of engineering the ouster of Russian-backed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. “That’s why I think no one wanted to start a world conflict.”

    In the film, called “Crimea: the Road to the Motherland,” broadcast by Rossiya-1, Putin said he sent military intelligence and elite navy marines to spearhead the disarmament of 20,000 Ukrainian troops in the territory. No date was given for the Putin interview. The film was made over eight months.

    Russia’s seizure of Crimea in March last year provoked the worst geo-political confrontation with the U.S. and Europe since the Cold War. Tensions have escalated during a pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine that’s killed more than 6,000 people over the past year. Despite a European-brokered cease-fire, the U.S. is considering arming Ukrainian forces.

    Putin, 62, whose country has been hit by U.S. and European Union sanctions that have helped to drive the Russian economy toward recession, branded President Barack Obama’s administration as “puppet-masters.” He said the U.S. directed the months of mass protests that overthrew Yanukovych in February last year.

    Russia 1 TV to air Crimea. Road to Motherland documentary tonight

    Moscow. Russian Russia 1 television is to air tonight the Crimea Road to the Motherland documentary film, which describes the events around Crimea’s annexation to Russia.
    The documentary will start at 10 p.m. (Russian time) on Sunday. It will be available online on the following link :
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    The documentary film includes interviews with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other direct witnesses of the events. It tells about how 193 units of the Ukrainian forces were neutralised without bloodsheds, how the Ukrainian ships were blocked at the bays and why the shooting in Feodosia was avoided.
    The audience will learn how much time the operation carried out on February 27, when all key institutions in Crimea were captured, took. The documentary will also reveal the talks held between Putin and US President Barach Obama and how Russian Bastion missiles entered into Crimea and how they changed the pace of the events.

  4. BRAZIL – Nearly 1 million Brazilians protest Rousseff, economic woes

    Close to a million demonstrators marched in cities and towns across Brazil Sunday to protest a sluggish economy, rising prices and corruption – and to call for the impeachment of leftist President Dilma Rousseff.

    The marches across the continent-sized country come as Brazil struggles to overcome economic and political malaise and pick up the pieces of a boom that crumbled once Rousseff took office in 2012.

    Now in the third month of her second four-year term, Rousseff is unlikely to resign or face the impeachment proceedings called for by many opponents angry about a fifth year of economic stagnation and a multibillion dollar corruption scandal at state-run energy company Petroleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras.

    For a president that was narrowly re-elected just five months ago, the protests are a sign of a polarized country increasingly unhappy with its leadership. Rousseff has recently been jeered at public appearances and Brazilians in some cities banged pots during a televised speech she made earlier this month.

    Sunday’s gatherings were mostly calm and festive, with little of the violence that tarnished a wave of massive demonstrations in 2013, when Brazilians protested spending to host the 2014 World Cup of soccer.

    By late morning, thousands of residents, many dressed in the blue, green and yellow of Brazil’s flag, crowded along Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beachfront, singing the national anthem and shouting “Dilma, Out!”

    In Sao Paulo, the country’s biggest city, more than half a million demonstrators gathered along skyscraper-lined Avenida Paulista. As in Rio and Brasilia, the capital, many of the protesters hailed from the country’s wealthier classes, who traditionally oppose the ruling Workers’ Party.

    Underscoring class divisions, marchers said Rousseff and the ruling party have instigated the polarization by trying to pit their traditional supporters, the recipients of popular social welfare programs, against the rest of Brazil.

    The party, opponents complain, for too long ignored critiques that its heavy spending, subsidized lending, protectionist policies and corruption have sapped the vitality that led to average growth exceeding 4 percent during the decade before she took office.

    The Workers’ Party “is inciting the people against the people,” said Helena Alameda Prado Bastos, a 61-year-old editor in Sao Paulo.

    So grim are Brazil’s prospects that many economists expect it to slip into recession this year. Inflation is running at a ten-year high, while Brazil’s currency, the real, has lost over 22 percent of its value against the dollar this year.

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