Days after the ISIS-inspired terrorist attack in San Bernardino, President Obama’s address to the nation concerning the threat of ISIS missed the mark. In fact, President Obama seemed at times to be more concerned with Americans ostracizing Muslim communities through “suspicion and hate,” than he was with protecting innocent American civilians from murder in the name of radical Islam.
It is high time for western political leaders to stop responding to terrorism by naming Islam as ‘the religion of peace’. It is time to have a hard conversation about Islam. The West is in the throes of acute cognitive dissonance over Islam, whose brands are at war with each other. On the one hand we are told that Islam is the Religion of Peace. On the other hand we are confronted with an unending sequence of acts of terror committed in the name of the faith. (more…)
The UK Prime Minister has come under under fire after the International Development Committee, which is investigating the Syrian refugee crisis, received evidence that ISIS and other Islamic extremist groups were running the camps within the war-torn country, but also in Lebanon and Jordan where the majority of the 20,000 heading for the UK are currently based.
A report by Barnabas Fund, an organisation which helps persecuted Christians across the globe, said Mr Cameron was told there were Islamic extremists within the refugee camps for displaced Syrians in Lebanon when he visited them in September, weeks BEFORE any of the refugees began coming to the UK.
It added that “recent analysis” of the activity of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) among Syrian refugees in Lebanon found extremists were recruiting refugees in Lebanon.
It said: “While FSA does not seem to actively recruit among the refugees in Lebanon, radical Islamist groups appear to be active.”
Mike Hookem MEP, UKIP defence spokesman, said he also believes the Lebanese camps have been infiltrated and said Mr Cameron needed to explain why he still took the decision armed with this information.
He said: “My sources in Lebanon have said for a long time that the refugee camps where Britain is sourcing the 20,000 refugees from are run by terrorists and are absolutely unsafe.
“We need make to make sure we have a Prime Minister who puts the welfare of the British people above the appearance of ‘doing the right thing’ in front of the international community.”
There are also serious concerns around refugee camps in Jordan, according to the report.
It said: “(A paper) on the links between rebel groups and Syrian refugees observed that in view of the fact that Jordanians constitute one of the largest groups of foreign fighters who have joined Islamic State it is extremely likely that they are recruiting within the Syrian refugee camps in Jordan.”
It highlighted an October report by the Assyrian International News Agency (AINA) which said Islamists “are now controlling camps for Syrian refugees in a similar manner to that in which the various Islamist Mujhaddin parties controlled refugee camps in Pakistan during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.”
The AINA reported that in UN camps in Jordan, Islamist groups “have brought in similar violent Islamist practices” to those that the refugees had faced before they fled Syria.
The AINA report quoted the director of a Christian relief agency working in Jordan as saying: “The Muslim gangs come as refugees, but they have their agendas.
He claimed that United Nations refugee camps offer little refuge, with ISIS militants trying to do in secret what they do openly in Syria.
“The camps are dangerous because they have ISIS, Iraqi militias, and Syrian militias.
The Barnabas report said refugee camps inside Syria were controlled by ISIS, other Islamists, or even supporters of Syrian President Bashara al-Assad.
It said: “Both Islamic State and al Nusra appear to have made control of refugee camps in Syria key military objectives.”
The average negative attitude in the EU toward immigration stands at 59 percent, according to the Eurobarometer.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Immigration has consolidated its top position as the main concern for Europeans in November, an EU poll revealed on Wednesday.
“Immigration has consolidated its place as the most important issue facing the EU for Europeans, and has become the first concern at the national level,” the Standard Eurobarometer survey (EB84) stated.
Over 100,000 monthly arrivals were registered as the EB84 gathered its data on November 7-17. The European Commission requests and coordinates the survey.
“The fear of terrorism is also still rising, and terrorism is now seen as the second most important issue facing the EU,” Eurobarometer indicated.
Slovakia, Latvia, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Estonia expressed the most opposition to migration from outside the bloc at over 80 percent, with EU-wide negative views at 59 percent. Around 90 percent across the EU support additional measures to combat illegal immigration.
Both indicators represented an increase on previous polling data gathered in spring.
Irregular migration has tested the EU’s unity this year as several frontier member states imposed national border controls to curb an estimated 1.2 million irregular crossings to date.
No sooner did Islamic militants massacre 132 concertgoers, partygoers, pedestrians and coffeehouse patrons in Paris than the world jumped collectively to its feet. “The world stands with Paris,” the Bloomberg news agency declared. “World stands by France,” USA Today stressed. “The world stands with France,” The Australian insisted. “World stands behind France,” The South China Morning Post in Hong Kong explained. “World stands in solidarity with Paris,” The National in Abu Dhabi, News World in India and CCTV Africa in Kenya all concurred.
Good to know. But we might as well sit down now. It’s not as if “the world” was going to do anything anyhow beyond just standing there and trotting out the usual platitudes that have become routine in the wake of daily atrocities by Islamic terrorists over the past weeks, months and years, from Kenya to Canada and from Thailand to Tunisia
As matters stand, however, the West is facing a massive civilizational challenge from radical Islam, which has been waging a global war on free societies for decades. And not only are most Europeans out of their depth intellectually about this threat; they seem both unable and unwilling to defend themselves from it in any meaningful manner. Most of them can’t even bring themselves to name the threat (radical Islam, which has gone mainstream globally) — as if doing so would unleash some sinister, occult force that would instantly destroy all the comforting illusions of the modern West’s collectivist religions: political correctness and multiculturalism. Then again, you also get labeled a racist instantly for doing so: those comforting illusions must be enforced at all cost.
A black actress playing Hermione Granger? J.K. Rowling has no problem with that.
The best-selling author of the Harry Potter books has responded to mixed reactions after the cast for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - a new London play featuring Harry as an adult - was announced yesterday.
The role of Hermione, made famous in the film versions by Emma Watson, will be played by Swaziland-born actress Noma Dumezweni.
Rowling said on Twitter that the character’s skin colour had in fact never been specified in the books.
The play, based on a new story by Rowling and others, opens July 30.
Producer Sonia Friedman said the casting was a collective decision involving author JK Rowling, director John, playwright Jack Thorne, producer Colin Callender and herself.
She explained: “We were all involved with all the key casting decisions.”
We owe a debt of gratitude to the Auckland Regional Migrants Services Trust. Had it not been for its sensitivity to non-Christians, we would not have known how Christian we become at Christmas. Clearly this country is not about to drop the religious greeting for the cautious “happy holidays” heard often in places like New York at this time of year. The overwhelming reaction, on the evidence of our readers, was Christmas by any other name would not be the same.
After all, it is the spirit of Christmas that counts, a season of goodwill when disagreements are replaced by peace and understanding.
In that spirit, the trust deserves a word of understanding, as does its patron, Dame Susan Devoy. They were not banning Christmas. The trust was making sure its invitation to a Christmas lunch would not deter immigrants of other religious traditions. It knew they probably celebrate Christmas in their homelands and called it by its name, but wanted to make sure the invitation was not misunderstood.
Most of its critics realised that, in the same situation, most of them would do the same. But it was a chance to make a larger point. The trust and Dame Susan probably realised that and would acknowledge it now in the spirit of the season.
A group of refugees in the north of Italy have emptied their rubbish into the streets, furious that their requests for a cleaner and Wi-Fi have not been met.
The 24 protesting refugees from sub-Saharan Africa have been asking for somebody to help then maintain order at the duplex villa in the town of Ceranova where they have been housed since last summer.
They are also upset that Wi-Fi has not been installed in the villa, meaning they can’t make Skype calls to their relatives back home, La Repubblica reported.
The protests first took place late last week when the town’s refugees blocked main roads to get their message across.
And the situation soon took a turn for the worse when the refugees began to tip out their rubbish in the sleepy towns main streets to make their point.
The scene led to heated arguments between the refugees and members of the local community and the town’s mayor, Alessandro Grieco, had to intervene personally with the help of three police officers to defuse the situation.
As news of the protests spread, it became a national issue - being seized upon by Italy’s fiercely anti-immigration Northern League party.
Outspoken party leader, Matteo Salvini even joked about sending the left-wing journalist, politician and leader of Italy’s Chamber of Deputies, Laura Boldrini, to clean up the migrants’ mess.
“They wan’t someone to clean their homes – can you believe it?” an incredulous Salvini asked reporters. “To keep them happy, let’s send Boldrini.”
Since last week’s protests, mayor Grieco has called a meeting with the regional prefect, and expelled the ringleader of the protests, a 24-year-old man, from the refugee facility.
“Until now nothing bad had happened and we are looking into the incident. The migrants have obviously flagged up a few issues for them but this is not the way to draw attention to them.”
“We absolutely won’t tolerate protests like this.”
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