Reader’s links for April 26 – 2015

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Some will be integrated into the day’s posts and others not. But this way we can keep a great news flow going without interfering with the conversations about the issues under the various essays and news items in the posts that will be presented throughout the day.

Thank you all for your informative and important contributions.

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Canadian artist and counter-jihad and freedom of speech activist as well as devout Schrödinger's catholic

43 Replies to “Reader’s links for April 26 – 2015”

  1. Israeli forces kill two knife-wielding Palestinians – police (reuters, Apr 25, 2015)

    “Israeli security forces killed two knife-wielding Palestinian attackers in separate incidents in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem on Saturday, police said.

    In the West Bank city of Hebron, a Palestinian was shot dead by a paramilitary Israeli border police patrol after stabbing one of its men in the head and chest, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said. The injured policeman was taken to hospital.

    Samri described the dead Palestinian as being around 20 years old. No further details on his identity were immediately available.

    Earlier, 17-year-old Palestinian Ali Abu Ghannam attacked Israeli border police with a cleaver at a checkpoint in East Jerusalem and then fled, with troops giving chase and firing warning shots in the air, Samri said.

    Reaching a second checkpoint, Abu Ghannam drew another knife and ran toward security guards there. They shot him dead when he ignored their warnings to stop, Samri said….”

  2. If I recall correctly, we probably already had some of this info, but may not have heard about the extent of casualties…

    Islamic State Seizes Dam, Kills Iraqi General, 127 Soldiers (bloomberg, Apr 25, 2015)

    “Islamic State fighters captured a dam in Anbar province and killed 127 Iraqi troops including a top army commander in attacks that show the militant group’s resilience despite battlefield setbacks elsewhere in Iraq….”

    • Setting the stage for public humiliation of
      1. ‘Whites’
      2. Free Press
      3. Shariah is only feared by cowards

      and more.

      Intimidation from people who are prideful in letting you know they are angry.

      Thrusting in the spear to create the split-personality of Socialism.

      • Large target for parody, maybe bigger than that big black shield he hides behind. Perhaps Steven Crowder will take it on.

  3. Young Arabs Agree? Israel Isn’t Arab World’s Major Problem

    This year, defying a long tradition of blaming all the Arab world’s problems on Israel, only 23% of respondents cited the Israeli-Pal conflict as the region’s main obstacle. In fact, the conflict came in fourth, trailing ISIS (37%), terrorism (32%) and unemployment (29%). Given that respondents were evidently allowed to choose more than one of the 15 options (the total adds up to 235% rather than 100), it’s even more noteworthy that only 23% thought the conflict worth mentioning.

  4. ME Forum republished an article from 1999 that’s getting a lot of attention. Do the conclusions still hold?
    do they? do they??

    Why Arabs Lose Wars, by Norvell De Atkine.
    Author bio reads, “Norvell De Atkine, a U.S. Army retired colonel with eight years residence in Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt, and a graduate degree in Arab studies from the American University of Beirut, is currently instructing U.S. Army personnel assigned to Middle Eastern areas.”

  5. MEMRI TV Archival – Hizb Al-Tahrir in Chicago Founder Calls for Caliphate: Islam Won’t Coexist with Democracy

    Dr. Mohammed Malkawi, a.k.a. “Abu Talha,” said, during a speech delivered at the International Muslim Khilafah Conference, held at Wembley Arena in London in August 1994, that “Islam is a “supreme system” that “will not coexist in the same place as democracy.” “Islam is a system that Allah revealed to dominate all other religions,” he said.

  6. Minnesota – Somali Families Rally At State Capitol Over Terror Arrests

    Dozens of local Somali families gathered at the State Capitol Saturday afternoon, calling for the release of six terror suspects.

    They’re calling for the government to stop what they see as attacks against them, and say the suspects were set up.

    Six local Somalis were charged this week with trying to leave the country to join the terrorist group. These four men were taken into custody in Minneapolis a week ago. Two others were arrested in San Diego.

    Federal agents also arrested Mahamed Said for allegedly making threats on Twitter in response to the arrests. One tweet from his account said if the men weren’t freed, there would be a “massacre.” Another message said “Best believe I’m gonna kill for those guys if they don’t free my brothers.”

    The leadership and families at Saturday’s rally denounced any retaliation because of the arrests and asked for the public to hold judgment until their sons are found guilty or not guilty.

    video on the page :


    video ( 19 min 33 )

  7. Toronto Star – Inside the koran — an author’s journey to the heart of Islam
    Author Carla Power spent a year studying the koran after realizing how little Western writers know about the Muslim holy book.

    Carla Power, a former Newsweek journalist, spent a year studying the koran with Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi, a renowned Islamic scholar. They struck up a friendship in the 1990s while working at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, a think-tank in England, as they mapped the spread of Islam in Asia. <b<After Sept. 11, their friendship deepened as the chasm between East and West grew. The result is a book — If Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran — that challenged Power’s assumptions about Western culture and the Muslim world.

    […]Here are questions people have about the koran. Does it promise 72 virgins in paradise for suicide bombers?


    Does the koran say women are inferior to men?

    No. Although there have been some very conservative and I would say misogynistic translations that have implied that. But certainly Sheikh Akram Nadwi and many other mainstream scholars do not see women at all as inferior to men.

    Does the koran say that Jews and Christians are infidels?

    Absolutely not. There are problematic verses but they came down at particular points in Islamic history and this whole idea that jihadists are propagating is opportunistic, doing violence to the text and the overarching message of the koran .

  8. Bill Maher: ‘Why Aren’t Any Moderate Muslims Ever Going to Fight ISIS? ’

    Maher and guest Christopher Caldwell were discussing the disturbing trend of Westerners going off to join ISIS. Maher wondered why the opposite isn’t happening, and asked, “Why aren’t any moderate Muslims ever going to fight ISIS?… If ISIS is so anathema to moderate Muslims, how come zero have gone to fight them?”

    Liz Mair suggested that lots of moderate Muslims are just “so petrified” about what could happen to them if they go anywhere near ISIS.

    at 8:20

  9. DAILY MAIL – ‘A creep, a fraud and a sleazeball’: Australian ISIS doctor was a ‘two-faced sexual predator’ who had sex with a drug-using prostitute patient after spying on her medical records

    – Australian doctor who joined ISIS a ‘sexual predator’, past colleagues say
    – Colleagues say Tareq Kamleh was ‘two-faced’ and boasted about sex
    – The doctor starred in a recent ISIS propaganda video launching the ISHS
    – Kamleh said he slept with a sex worker after checking her medical records
    – Tareq Kamleh refers to himself as Abu Yusuf al-Australi in the film
    – He calls on foreigners with training to join the ISIS health service
    – Colleagues said he was a ‘womaniser’ who drank alcohol regularly

    Kamleh could be sentenced with up to 25 years prison time, if he returns to Australia and is charged.

  10. EGYPT – Women with or without headscarves should be accepted and respected in Egypt

    Calls for a ‘take off the veil’ rally in Cairo are not the way to improve religious tolerance in Egypt

    A call by Egyptian journalist Cherif Choubachy for veiled Muslim women to take off their headscarves (hijab) has stirred widespread controversy in Egypt.

    Choubachy has also proposed a “take off the veil” rally to be held at Cairo’s Tahrir Square. While some have welcomed Choubachy’s proposal, others vehemently oppose the idea. A senior official at Al-Azhar, Egypt’s highest Sunni Islamic institution rejected the call, stressing that the head-cover is a religious must for female Muslims once they reach puberty.

    Heated discussions spread to talk shows, and social media, with pro- and anti-veil trading accusations and counter-accusations.

    The responses to Choubachy’s proposal have exposed the shallow, mediocre approach to contentious, sensitive topics, and the inability of society to tackle different viewpoints in a constructive manner.

    The debate about Islamic dress code for women is not new. On a personal level, as for any Egyptian female, this issue has been a regular facet of my life since childhood. Family friends, neighbors, and even complete strangers preached about the “mandatory” headscarf, even before I reached puberty.

    At university, I was one of a small group of females who did not wear a veil. Dressing modestly in a non-revealing garment, avoiding tight jeans and make-up was not enough to protect me from the avalanche of criticism. Almost daily, I heard comments like, “Go and cover that hair,” “That wild hair will put you in hell.” Islamists used to offer non-veiled students books about the “right” dress code that were filled with threats of punishment in the afterlife for staying un-veiled.

    I decided, however, that a dress code should not be allowed to shape my identity or the depth of my religiosity, and opted not to wear a headscarf. Social coercion is not pretty, but it is still manageable in Egypt; if the woman is willing to persevere and ignore the noise.

    The wearing of an Islamic veil has fluctuated in popularity throughout the last few decades. In the seventies and eighties a strict Islamic dress code started to sweep society, with some popular female celebrities joining the wave and declaring their “repentance” for their past without the veil. Moreover, covering the face as well as the head (niqab) and long headscarves covering the chest (jilbab), mostly in dark plain colours started to also make a strong appearance in Egypt.

    Later in the nineties, creativity dominated the scene with a flurry of various headscarves that started to appeal to younger generations.

    During and after the January 2011 revolution, Egyptian women have displayed a wide variety of dress codes during protests, from no veil at all, to the full niqab.

    This plurality in display was a healthy sign of a society embracing freedom and change.

    In fact, the last few years of upheaval in Egypt have exposed the flawed line of demarcation between religion and politics in Egypt. Not all religiously conservative women have backed the Muslim Brotherhood and president Morsi.

    In 2013, many women in strict Islamic dress joined anti-Morsi protests to the shock and dismay of the Islamists. On the other hand, the pro-Morsi camp was keen to demonstrate that some non-veiled women, albeit only a few, were among their supporters.

    Nearly two years later, Egypt is still tense and polarised. The Muslim Brotherhood may have vanished from the political scene, but ordinary Egyptians are still feeling uneasy about their faith, which they care about dearly, and its place in public life. This is precisely why the bickering about headscarves is not helpful.

    In Egypt, headscarves are not imposed by the state, therefore, the call for a rally to remove the scarves, even if it is well intentioned and with valid reasons, is misguided. President El-Sisi’s wife and daughters (who have only appeared in public during his inauguration) are religiously conservative and wear headscarves. Calls to remove the headscarves will only trigger resentment and elicit a stubborn response. In fact, it will provide Islamists with the victimhood environment that they desperately need to re-kindle their social popularity among conservative Egyptians.

    With this said, it is also time for Egypt’s Muslim clerics to stop treating the way a woman dresses as if it is a fulcrum of the faith. It is not. This misplaced priority is rather alarming. Moreover, Islam has always been a faith with diverse views and interpretations of sacred text. The current totalitarian approach to any religious controversy needs to stop. Diversity and tolerance are the two essential ingredients for a healthy society.

    In sum, it is about time to respect the basic right of a woman to choose her own manner of dress without angry bickering and petty debates. Women with or without headscarves should be accepted and respected in Egypt.

  11. George W. Bush Bashes Obama on Middle East

    In a closed-door meeting with Jewish Donors Saturday night, former President George W. Bush delivered his harshest public criticisms to date against his successor on foreign policy, saying that President Barack Obama is being naïve about Iran and the pending nuclear deal and losing the war against the Islamic State.

  12. Israeli airstrikes target alleged militants on border (CNN, Apr 26, 2015)

    “The Israeli military conducted airstrikes Sunday night in the area between Israel and Syria, targeting a group of militants allegedly trying to plant a bomb on the Israeli border.

    The Israel Defense Forces said the airstrikes were carried out in the occupied Golan Heights against four militants who crossed into the area from Syria.

    “A group of armed terrorists approached the border with an explosive device, which was intended to be detonated against IDF forces,” the Israeli military said.

    The airstrikes prevented the bombing, the military said.

    Three of the alleged attackers were killed, Israeli media reported, citing IDF sources.

    It was not immediately known to what militant group the men belonged…”

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