Thursday, June 30, 2011

Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Delegation In Gaza On Death Of Hamas Leader

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Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Delegation In Gaza On Death Of Hamas Leader

Illustrating the close ties between the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, Jordanian media is reporting that the Egyptian Brotherhood sent a delegation to the Gaza strip to extend condolences on the death of a Hamas co-founder. According to a Maan News Agency report:

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Egypt’s Islamist movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, sent a small delegation to the Gaza Strip on Sunday, to extend the party’s condolences for the death of a Hamas leader earlier in the week. Hamas co-founder Mohammad Sham’ah died Friday at 76, after suffering from a stroke. His body was transferred to the Ash-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. Representing the brotherhood were former legislator Hazem Faruq and a member of the group’s policy office, Sa’d Al-Huseini. Both arrived to the coastal enclave via the Rafah crossing, recently opened by Egypt after years of restricted access. According to sources in Gaza, the two were set to travel to the home of Sham’ah in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood of Gaza City. The visit came following a personal phone call from the leader of the brotherhood, Mohammad Badia, to Hamas leader in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh, who extended his condolences for the death.

The Hamas charter states that it is ” is one of the wings of the Muslim Brothers in Palestine” and an early media report indicated that shortly after Hamas took over the Gaza strip, Muslim Brotherhood representatives were present to review Hamas military formations. In 2007, a Hamas journalist acknowledged the role that the “international Muslim Brotherhood” has played in providing funds for the purchase of weapons and in 2008, an Israeli TV station reported that Muslim Brotherhood “representatives” had traveled to Gaza from Egypt through the open border to meet with Hamas. Hamas is supported financially and politically by the global Muslim Brotherhood and a NEFA Foundation report has documented the Hamas fund-raising activities of the Union of Good, a coalition of Islamic charities linked to the Brotherhood that provides financial support to both the Hamas “social” infrastructure, as well as its terrorist activities. Previous posts have also discussed the worldwide campaign orchestrated by the global Brotherhood against Israeli actions in Gaza during the 2008-2009 conflict with Israel.

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U.K.: Police Accused Of Covering Up Violent Campaign To Islamize The Tower Hamlets Borough Of London

From Jihad Watch:

U.K.: Police accused of covering up violent campaign to Islamize the Tower Hamlets borough of London

The report below says it outright: "The police are afraid of being accused of Islamophobia." In such a politically correct culture within the local government, that accusation could end their careers and ruin their livelihoods. It seems almost certain that the reluctance to confront the problems in Tower Hamlets is not entirely the product of individual decisions by police officers, but a matter of policy coming from some higher administrative level.

What do authorities hope to gain, even in the short term, from looking the other way? It will not bring peace or make anyone safer except the Islamic supremacists who are essentially finding themselves above the law. Rewarding bad behavior guarantees there will be even more of it. "Police 'covered up' violent campaign to turn London area 'Islamic'," by Andrew Gilligan for the Telegraph, June 12:

Victims say that officers in the borough of Tower Hamlets have ignored or downplayed outbreaks of hate crime, and suppressed evidence implicating Muslims in them, because they fear being accused of racism.

Our archives are full of horror stories from this particular borough.

The claims come as four Tower Hamlets Muslims were jailed for at least 19 years for attacking a local white teacher who gave religious studies lessons to Muslim girls.

Though the case is probably common knowledge to the Telegraph's British readers, the paragraph above does not begin to describe what happened to Gary Smith. Muslims who were already under surveillance for jihadist activities slashed his face, fractured his skull, and shattered his jaw. He woke up in the hospital two days later after extensive surgery.

The Sunday Telegraph has uncovered more than a dozen other cases in Tower Hamlets where both Muslims and non-Muslims have been threatened or beaten for behaviour deemed to breach fundamentalist “Islamic norms.”

One victim, Mohammed Monzur Rahman, said he was left partially blind and with a dislocated shoulder after being attacked by a mob in Cannon Street Road, Shadwell, for smoking during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan last year.

“Two guys stopped me in the street and asked me why I was smoking,” he said. “I just carried on, and before I knew another dozen guys came and jumped me. The next thing I knew, I was waking up in hospital.”

“He reported it to the police and they just said they couldn’t track anyone down and there were no witnesses,” said Ansar Ahmed Ullah, a local anti-extremism campaigner who has advised Mr Rahman. “But there is CCTV in that street and it is lined with shops and people.”

Teachers in several local schools have told The Sunday Telegraph that they feel “under pressure” from local Muslim extremists, who have mounted campaigns through both parents and pupils – and, in one case, through another teacher - to enforce the compulsory wearing of the veil for Muslim girls. “It was totally orchestrated,” said one teacher. “The atmosphere became extremely unpleasant for a while, with constant verbal aggression from both the children and some parents against the head over this issue.”

One teacher at the Bigland Green primary school, Nicholas Kafouris, last year took the council to an employment tribunal, saying he was forced out of his job for complaining that Muslim pupils were engaging in racist and anti-Semitic bullying and saying they supported terrorism. Mr Kafouris lost his case, though the school did admit that insufficient action had been taken against the behaviour of some pupils. The number of assaults on teachers in Tower Hamlets resulting in exclusions has more than doubled from 190 in 2007/8 to 383 in 2008/9, the latest available year, though not all are necessarily race-related.

Tower Hamlets’ gay community has become a particular target of extremists. Homophobic crimes in the borough have risen by 80 per cent since 2007/8, and by 21 per cent over the last year, a period when there was a slight drop in London as a whole. [...]

There is a curious game of "rock-paper-scissors" that has unfolded among fashionable causes between feminism, gay rights, and the sense of obligation to combat "Islamophobia." In standard practice, the last of the three beats the other two.

Even during meetings of the local council, prominent supporters of Tower Hamlets’ controversial directly-elected mayor, Lutfur Rahman – dropped by the Labour Party for his links to Islamic fundamentalism - have persistently targeted gay councillors with homophobic abuse and intimidation from the public gallery.

The Labour leader, Josh Peck, was attacked with animal noises and cries of “Unnatural acts! Unnatural acts!” when he rose to speak. The Conservative leader, Peter Golds, was repeatedly heckled as “Mrs Golds” and a “poofter”.

Mr Golds said: “If that happened in a football stadium, arrests would have taken place. I have complained, twice, to the police, and have heard nothing. A Labour colleague waited three hours at the police station before being told that nothing would be done. The police are afraid of being accused of Islamophobia. Another Labour councillor said that the Met is now the reverse of what it must have been like in the 1970s, with a complete lack of interest when white people make complaints of harassment and hatred.”...

Race is immaterial. The dividing line is being drawn between Muslim and non-Muslim, and tragically, the police themselves have become party to it.

Posted by Marisol on June 13, 2011 1:04 AM

Sweden: Muslims Responsible For Outbreak Of Several Hundred Child Marriages Every Year

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Several hundred cases of child marriage in Sweden every year

Eurabia Update: "Flera hundra fall av barnäktenskap i Sverige," from Dagen, April 20: "Several hundred cases of child marriages in Sweden," translation by Danish psychologist and author Nicolai Sennels:

Immigrants in Sweden: 200 child marriages yearly; 8,500 fear forced marriages

Muslim immigration has introduced a new perspective on love in Sweden: Child marriages and forced marriages.

A couple of hundred child marriages are registered every year in Sweden. This is the conclusion after analysing data that the government ordered from the central tax office. It concerns persons immigrating to Sweden who apply for marriage and persons with Swedish citizenship who marry foreigners. ... The tax office has registered 74 cases in the first four months of the year in which one or both partners were below 18 years when marrying. In almost all cases it was the women who were minors. Converted to full-year figures, it amounts to more than 200 cases. ... As Dagen (newspaper) has previously reported, the Youth Board's report "Married against her will" concluded that 8,500 young people aged 16-25 years were afraid of being married off against their will.

Posted by Robert on June 13, 2011 3:28 AM

Turkey: Erdogan Says His Victory Is A Victory For Gaza, Palestine, And Al Quds

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Turkey: Erdogan says his victory is a victory for Gaza, Palestine, and "al-Quds"

Turkish secularism, and its onetime reasonably cordial friendship with Israel, on the ropes. "Overwhelming victory of Erdogan’s party in the parliamentary elections in Turkey," by Sandeep for Pisqa, June 13 (thanks to Joshua):

The party emerged from the Islamist Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan won a landslide victory in Sunday’s parliamentary Turkey, ensuring a third consecutive term, after the counting of nearly all ballots.

After counting 99% of the votes, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of Prime Minister Erdogan, in power since 2002, won 50% of the vote, according to the TV.

This party will be able to form a government only because it has largely absolute majority of 550 seats in parliament with 326 deputies.

This party won 47% of the vote in 2007 parliamentary and won 341 seats in Parliament. In 2002, his score was 34%.

“Today once again democracy, national will have won,” shouted Mr. Erdogan, accompanied by his wife Emine, from the balcony of his party headquarters in Ankara to address a crowd of several Thousands of people waving the flags of the AKP.

Erdogan, a former Islamist activist, also said that with the victory of the AKP, “Gaza, Palestine and Jerusalem were also won,” showing once again his sympathy for the Muslim world, especially because PA. [...]

Erdogan didn't say "Jerusalem"; he said "Kudüs" -- that is, "al-Quds," the Islamic name for Jerusalem.

The head of AKP party accused the media of wanting to lay Islamization of Turkish society in secret, has also assured that it “was the guarantor of all different lifestyles and beliefs” in Turkey. [...]

Torn by unstable coalitions, the country has stabilized politically and economically, under the leadership of the AKP, which has also managed to confine to barracks the army, formerly a leading political player.

The army has historically been the guarantor of Turkish secularism.

But the prospect of joining the European Union is in limbo.

Let's hope so.

Posted by Robert on June 13, 2011 5:42 AM

No Short-Term Middle East Solutions

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No Short Term Middle East Solutions

Family Security Matters 14 June 2011

By Alan Caruba

A problem with which American administrations have grappled since the days of Thomas Jefferson’s presidency has been Arabs and the Middle East. The Marine anthem mentions "the shores of Tripoli” because, in 1801, Jefferson sent them to there to put down the Barbary pirates.

One of the best books on this subject is "Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present” by Michael B. Oren who, with exquisite irony, is currently serving as the Israeli ambassador to the United States, the nation of his birth.

Regarding the Middle East, if you have had the feeling that the Obama administration has been spectacularly inept as it takes its turn at bat, you’re right. Barely six months into his first year, on June 4, 2009, the newly-minted President gave a speech in Cairo.

"I’ve come to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based on mutual interest and mutual respect, and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles—principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”

Obama’s impressions, aspirations, or re-write of history, past and present, clashes with the reality of current and past events. He has, in fact, adopted virtually all of his much maligned predecessor’s policies in the Middle East and took a bow for authorizing the long awaited assassination of Osama bin Laden.

As this is being written, the White House is debating the levels of military withdrawal from Afghanistan and Iraq. In both cases the public is alternatively told that the leaders of those two nations either want the U.S. to leave or to stay. Where the truth falls no one seems to know.

It is very instructive to read what is being published in the newspapers that serve readers in the Middle East. Suffice to say that neither the President, nor his policies, is well regarded. One can read daily translations of articles from their press, as well as Asia and Europe at an interesting site,

I would argue that no amount of "hands on” involvement with the events unfolding from the Maghreb nations of northern Africa to those that form the heart of the Middle East will significantly alter the outcome of events occurring there.

In addition to the uprisings to throw off the shackles of despotism from Tunisia to Libya to Egypt to Syria, Bahrain to Yemen, the common denominator for these and other Arab nations is their well-deserved sense of having been the victims of various regimes. They are all likely to be united in their fear of the rise of Iran, a Persian nation, and one that will soon achieve nuclear parity with Pakistan, India and, yes, Israel.

The world has lived with "the bomb” since the end of World War Two in August 1945. Nuclear weapons have not been used since, but Iran is the wild card. It will not yield to international sanctions. Its cabal of ayatollahs will not be overthrown from within. It must either suffer a massive attack on its nuclear and military facilities or it will fill the skies over Israel and other nations with mushroom clouds.

The leaders of Western nations seem unaware that, immediately upon the death of Mohammed in 632 A.D., Islam split into two factions, Sunnis and Shiites, who have been in conflict with one another ever since.

The history of Islam consists of waging war on everyone else as well either for the purpose of conversion, looting, or the collection of taxes laid on non-Muslims. This history has been broken by rare, short periods of tolerance, but Muslims, convinced that their Koran is the absolute word of Allah, have been indifferent to the values of the West and the advances of modernization that have usually been imposed on them through colonialism.

Islam has been around nearly 1,400 years and gives no evidence of reforming itself away from the Arab culture in which it took seed and away from the brutal punishments that pass for justice. It was and is a savage "religion” bent on global domination.

Even when Muslims find hospitality in non-Muslim nations like those of Europe they immediately set upon an effort to impose Sharia law, usually through intimidation, on the indigenous population. In the Middle East, hands and heads are still cut off, rape victims are stoned, and a charge of blasphemy or apostasy can get you killed.

As this is being written, Christians and the few Jews still residing in the Middle East and the Maghreb are fleeing for their lives as their churches are being burnt to the ground and their lives are at risk.

One would think that, after U.S. involvement—invasions—of Afghanistan and Iraq, we would have figured out that Islamic nations are impervious to any concept of Western style democracy. Islam’s claims to be a religion are framed within a political system run by theocrats.

Elections have managed to put Hamas in charge in Gaza and Hezbollah in charge of Lebanon. The ayatollahs grabbed power in Iran and turned that nation into a prison. The mobs in the streets of Syria are trying to overthrow the Assad dynasty, warring against an Alawaite minority tribe ruling as Baathists. Yemen is a basketcase and Somalia is even worse.

The ignorance of these facts has cost Americans billions, if not trillions, with our adventures in Afghanistan and Iraq. It has led President Obama to intercede in Libya for no good reason. It is a desert under which oil exists. Beyond that, it hardly matters which dictator is in charge. Gadhafi’s dabbling in terrorism cost him more than it was worth.

So long as Obama is President, the U.S. will pursue unrealistic and often stunningly stupid policies and actions as regards Islam and Muslim nations.

By way of one small example, in April Janet Napolitano, the Secretary of Homeland Security, appointed Arif Alikhan, a devout Muslim, as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development. Alikhan was born in Damascus, Syria. I am sure you feel safer now knowing that.

Are there nice Muslims? Sure. Are there "moderate” Muslims? Possibly, but they are outnumbered by the millions who are not. Oil money and various illegal enterprises support terrorism. Even Americans contribute because the Obama administration will not permit exploration or drilling for an estimated 150 billion barrels of our own domestic oil.

And you still wonder why President Obama actually bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia? Or that George W. Bush ignored the fact that all but one of the nineteen 9/11 terrorists were Saudis? No President wants a repeat of the 1973 Saudi oil boycott.

Nothing good can come out of the current turmoil affecting most Arab Muslim nations. The U.S. would be wise to maintain its military power, but the fact is our Navy is being reduced, our Air Force is flying aging aircraft, and the combat divisions of our Army and Marines are worn out from repeated tours in the Middle East.

Obama is as clueless as Woodrow Wilson who thought he could bring "peace in our time” and only managed to help set in motion the run-up to World War Two. He has put America at risk in so many ways I am losing count.

© Alan Caruba, 2011 Contributing Editor Alan Caruba writes a daily commentary, "Warning Signs”, posted on his blog An author, business and science writer, he is the founder of the National Anxiety Center. His book, "Right Answers: Separating Fact from Fantasy”, is published by Merrill Press.

Posted June 14th, 2011 by pk

The "Muslims First" Foreign Policy

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The "Muslims First” Foreign Policy

Canada Free Press 14 June 2011

By Daniel Greenfield

In France, American embassies and consulates have been directed to "empower” Muslims and push for the passage of "social reforms” that will benefit them. In the UK, American diplomats were directed to again "empower” Muslims and made outreach to them a top priority.

In Israel, the US consulate in Jerusalem caters only to Muslims and does its best to pretend that Jews and Israel don’t even exist. And when Obama visited Greece, what else did he do but push the political and religious authorities to open more mosques and Islamic schools.

America’s own interests and our obligations to our allies have been put aside to focus on a single goal of overriding importance. Pandering to the Muslim world. It’s as if we have no other foreign policy goal anymore beyond keeping Muslims happy.

The United States has its first Special Representative to Muslim Communities in the person of Farah Pandith. We also have Rashad Hussain, a Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference. (No relation to Barack Hussein Obama. The name Hussain is common among Muslims as a tribute to Mohammed’s grandson, Hussain ibn Ali, the ‘Martyr Of Martyrs’ in Islam.) Hussain (Rashad, not Barack) had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, which helped create both Al Qaeda and Hamas, and defended Islamic Jihad leader Sami Al-Arian. Farah Pandith is a Kashmiri Muslim who began her career as Barbara Bush’s secretary. But just creating two new Muslim posts in the diplomatic sector isn’t enough.

NASA Administrator Bolden told Al Jazeera that the agency’s new priority is outreach to Muslims. After gutting NASA and killing its space program, the agency focused on its new top priority by appointing Waleed Abdalati, as its new Chief Scientist. Waleed Abdalati is a twofer, as a Muslim and a Global Warming researcher. So the Obama Administration gets to kill off the space program and replace it with Global Warming junk science headed by a Muslim. It’s what the devil would call synergy.

Is any of this working? Does the Muslim world love us now? No they don’t

Is any of this working? Does the Muslim world love us now? No they don’t. And France, the UK, Israel and Greece like us less for tampering with their internal affairs at Muslim instigation. All the outreach in the world can’t help, because it’s not outreach, it’s pandering. Not only is it condescending, but it sends a message of weakness and desperation. When we pressure our allies on behalf of Muslims, we’re sending them a signal that our first priority is fulfilling the marching orders we received from the Muslim world. And this not only fragments our traditional alliances, but it encourages Muslim regimes to support further acts of terrorism to improve their position.

Since 9/11 we have sunk billions of dollars into the Muslim world. Usually we had to defeat a country in a war before we began rebuilding them, but now we rush to throw money at hellholes like Pakistan and Indonesia where human rights is a punchline and the mass murder of non-Muslims is an ongoing event.

Taking a look at the fortunes we have plowed into Taliban’s godfathers in Pakistan, the round the clock duty that American soldiers perform securing and rebuilding Afghanistan and Iraq, the death grip that Bin Laden’s own adoptive Saudi royal family has on our foreign policy, our bankrolling of the Palestinian Authority, not to mention the money that we paid and are still paying to Baathist and Taliban terrorists in exchange for not attacking us—and even the least terrorist prone country in the Muslim world can’t help but think that it could do better for itself by bombing us, than by trying to be our friend.

This frantic flurry of outreach reveals that we consider Islam to be the primary threat to global stability and a major national security threat

This frantic flurry of outreach reveals that we consider Islam to be the primary threat to global stability and a major national security threat. The positive image reveals the negative. We’re so obsessed with pandering to Muslims because we’re afraid of them. The Muslim world knows it, and gloats, when it isn’t busy acting offended. The American public knows it too, even behind the camouflage tarp of learning about other cultures, that we’re trying to defuse the violence. But trying to defuse violence through appeasement is not a good strategy unless you’re willing to go all the way to Dhimmitown.

By enslaving our foreign policy to Islamic interests, we’re already much of the way there. Chief Justice Stephen Breyer has adopted a new Constitutional understanding of free speech, in which you’re free to say what you want as long as it doesn’t run the risk of getting Muslims violently angry. In Europe you can be arrested for yodeling even in the shadow of the Alps—if it offends a Muslim. A 21st century revival of The Sound of Music might now feature the Von Trapp family escaping into the mountains only to end up under arrest because some immigrant from Algeria, Morocco or Turkey was offended because the sound of "The Lonely Goatherd” resembled his own prayers to Allah a little too much.

What does this have to do with foreign policy? Everything. If we treat the Muslims of the world as a collective group always balanced on the edge of exploding, then there is no more difference between foreign and domestic policy when it comes to Muslims. Accordingly every Western country with a Muslim minority must pursue only Muslim approved policies at home and abroad. If Thailand, Israel or India begin fighting Muslim terrorism—they must join in on the Muslim side. If France passes a Burqa ban, then the United States must begin lobbying to overturn it. If Danish cartoons in a local newspaper offend Muslims, then the Prime Minister of Denmark must be compelled to apologize for his country’s free speech before being allowed to become NATO’s Secretary General.

The combination of Muslim terrorism and immigration eradicates all differences between foreign and domestic policies

The combination of Muslim terrorism and immigration eradicates all differences between foreign and domestic policies. There is only one policy. A Muslim policy. And the bottom line of the Muslim policy is that Muslims get what they want. At any cost. Any price. Freedom, morality, loyalty, national values and human rights are dispensable now. Appeasing Muslims is not.

Appeasing Muslims had tied the free world in an infernal knot. Each country pressures its own citizens and other countries to do whatever Muslims want. This would be unjustifiable even if it worked, but the damnedest thing of all, is that it doesn’t actually discourage Muslim violence. It actually encourages it. And why not? If countries pandered to murderers, rapists and robbers instead of putting them in prison—would there be less murders, rapes and robberies. Or would there be more?

The only way we can justify our craven appeasement is through the belief in the discredited Blowback Theory of Muslim violence

The only way we can justify our craven appeasement is through the belief in the discredited Blowback Theory of Muslim violence. The Blowback Theory holds that Muslim violence is only retaliatory. That every time Muslims kill people, it’s only because they’re retaliating for a wrong done to them. Whether that wrong be a Predator drone taking out a terrorist (who was only retaliating for being yodeled at), drawing a cartoon of an illiterate 7th century pedophile worshiped by a billion people with deficient morals, or some battle fought 600 years ago. Whatever it may be—the Blowback Theory holds that Muslims are always in the right to kill us. And we’re always in the wrong to defend ourselves against being killed.

The corollary to the Blowback Theory is the Infinite Muslim Terrorists Theory. The Infinite Muslim Terrorists Theory holds that every Muslim grievance creates new terrorists. Like an angel getting its wings every time a bell rings, the Infinite Muslim Terrorists Theory warns us that every time we offend Muslims, it bring forth new terrorists. And shooting them does no good. Because shooting terrorists only offends Muslims even more. And that generates still more terrorists. Kill a terrorist and four more take his place. And if the process keeps going, there will eventually be more Muslim terrorists in the world than there are Muslims, causing the entire world to implode into the event horizon of a singularity.

The paradox of the Infinite Muslim Terrorists Theory is that it insists that the vast majority of Muslims is peaceful, and yet threatens that every single one of those peaceful people can be converted into homicidal maniacs if we’re not careful. And when combined with Blowback Theory, it puts the blame for the instant terrorist conversion on us. Like Gremlins that we’re afraid of feeding after midnight, we take care to step lightly around Muslims, for fear that they will suddenly turn into monsters bent on killing us. Such thinking might be considered bigoted, but with Blowback Theory we know that if they do turn into homicidal monsters, it will be entirely 100 percent our fault.

Project this mode of conduct on a global scale, and this is what our foreign policy looks like. All our envoys to Islam. Our Muslims First foreign policy. Our retrofitting of policymaking at every level to accommodate the whims of the prophet’s beard. And for all the cringing and crawling, appeasing and advocating, the violence continues to grow. Because you can end violence by taking a firm stand, not by falling to your knees.

Posted June 14th, 2011 by pk

U.K.: BBC Producer Details Anti-Semitic Views Of Muslim Brotherhood Leader Facing Deportation From The U.K.

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BBC Producer Details Antisemitic VIews Of Israel Muslim Brotherhood Leader Facing Deportion From The U.K.

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BBC producer John Ware has provided further details on the antisemitic views of Israeli Muslim Brotherhood leader Raed Salah who was arrested yesterday after U.K immigration officials inexplicably allowed him in to the country despite his presence on a list of banned individuals. According to his BBC report:

Probe into banned activist in UK Sheikh Raed Salah, now in custody as he awaits deportation from the UK, is the latest of several clerics and preachers whom the home secretary has banned from entering the country. The Israeli-Arab sheikh is the thrice-elected mayor of his hometown Um al-Faham, an Arab enclave within Israel, and is leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement, which is opposed to the 1993 Oslo peace accords advocating a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Although the Islamic Movement is not banned in Israel, it is closely aligned to Hamas, which is designated in the UK and mainland Europe as a terrorist organisation. However, that would not have been sufficient for Home Secretary Theresa May to ban the sheikh. Some of those due to host him at his various speaking engagements are themselves open supporters of Hamas. The Home Office has refused to elaborate on exactly why Sheikh Salah’s presence has been judged “not conducive to the public good”. However, before becoming prime minister, David Cameron stressed that it was important to challenge the “extremist mindset” and that he thought a lack of understanding about its make up was “more widespread”. Supporters of the sheikh insist he is opposed to all forms of racism. Sheikh Salah’s Islamic Movement is reported to have mourned the death of Osama Bin Laden, calling him a “martyr” and his killers “Satanic”. While British law entitles such a view to be expressed, it could weigh as a factor in denying entry to a non-British citizen. Conspiracy theory Another consideration may have been an article that Sheikh Salah wrote three weeks after the 9/11 attacks, in which he said that unlike Muslim workers in the World Trade Center, Jewish workers had been absent on 9/11. ”Were 4,000 Jewish clerks absent by chance, or was there another reason?” he asked, alluding to a conspiracy theory that is still advanced by some extreme groups that the Israeli secret service Mossad – not al-Qaeda – was behind the attack that killed nearly 3,000 people. Although similar 9/11 conspiracy theories have been found to be not uncommon within some Islamist groups in Britain, this could also have counted against Sheikh Salah. He is also reported to have made a speech in February 2007 during a protest in East Jerusalem in which he accused Jews of using children’s blood to bake bread.

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The report also indicates that Salah had been due to attend a House of Commons meeting on Wednesday evening along with Labour MPs. Tunisian media reports that Rachid Ghannouchi, a prominent leader of the Global Muslim Brotherhood and head of the Tunisian Muslim Brotherhood, took part in a roundtable at the Parliament last week organized by the Middle East Monitor. (it should be noted that the Middle East Monitor has captioned a picture of Raed Salah as “The Gandhi of Palestine.”

In 2010, the Jerusalem Post profiled Mr. Salah who leads the Northern branch of the Islamic Movement, essentially the Israeli Muslim Brotherhood.

In May 2003, Salah was arrested along with other Northern Islamic Movement officials on suspicion of transferring funds to Hamas under the pretense of humanitarian aid. He was released after two years under the terms of a plea bargain. In August 2007, Salah was indicted for “inciting racism and violence” for calling for a “third Intifada,” or uprising, to defend the mosque and in 2008 Israeli security forces raided the offices of the Islamic Movement in northern Israel accusing it of aiding Hamas. In 2009, Salah said that Israel had a ‘diabolical plan” to cause the Al–Aqsa Mosque to collapse “in a way that would appear as is happening as a result of natural causes, such an earthquake.” In January 2010, Salah was convicted of assaulting an Israeli policeman and participating in a violent demonstration.

According to the Jerusalem Post, the U.K. government plans to deport Salah but he is planning an appeal of this decision.

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GlobalMB @ June 30, 2011

Pakistani, Afghani, Sudanese Presidents Attend Tehran-Sponsored Counter-Terrorism Conference; U.N. Secretary General Praises Conference; Conference Defines U.S., Israel As Source Of Global Terrorism


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June 27, 2011

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Pakistan, Afghan, Sudan Presidents Attend Tehran- Sponsored Counterterrorism Conference; U.N. Sec.-Gen. Praises Conference; Conference Defines U.S., Israel as Source of Global Terrorism

By: A. Savyon & D. Diamond*




On June 25-26, 2011, the Iranian regime hosted the first "World Without Terrorism Conference" in Tehran. The conferees included Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmonov, Pakistani President Asif 'Ali Zardari, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, and Sudanese President 'Omar Al-Bashir, as well as representatives from Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, and Mali. Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad both spoke at the conference's opening ceremony.[1] In his address, Khamenei said that the conference's aim was to clearly define terrorism and to identify its root causes. He pointed to "satanic world powers which use terrorism in their policies and in their planning to achieve their illegitimate goals," specifying that the "Zionist regime" and Zionism in general had from their very beginning perpetuated global terrorism. He went on to say that the U.S., the U.K., and other Western governments had "a black record of terrorist behaviors."[2]

It is worth pointing out that Tehran has recently suffered a number of severe blows, both domestically – as a result of the deep schism between Supreme Leader Khamenei and President Ahmadinejad – and as a result of regional developments – among them the precarious situation of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad's regime, which has significantly weakened the Tehran-Damascus axis; Iran's defeat in the standoff with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states over the recent crisis in Bahrain; the E.U.'s refusal to renew talks with Iran over its nuclear program; and more. Thus, it is apparent that Tehran devised the conference as a means to improve its standing in the region and internationally, and to promote itself as a strong and leading regional force, at the expense of Saudi Arabia. Throughout the conference, Iran presented a blatantly anti-U.S. and anti-West agenda, focusing on the claim that the U.S. and Israel are at the root of global terrorism.

It should be noted that despite Tehran's efforts to secure the participation of as many countries as possible, from the Middle East and elsewhere, so that the conference could be promoted as a broad and inclusive international event, the absence of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states or, for that matter, any other Arab states, can hardly be ignored. According to the Pakistani daily Express Tribune, several Middle Eastern countries, including Saudi Arabia, declined Iran's invitations to participate in the conference, in a gesture of resentment over Iran's support for Shi'ite protests in Bahrain and other Arab countries. The daily also reported that Saudi Arabia had led an effort to sabotage Iran's attempt to present itself as a leading regional power, asking Pakistan not to attend the conference on the grounds that Iran was using it as a means to try to extricate itself from international isolation. Riyadh proposed that Pakistan attend instead a counterterrorism conference to be hosted by Saudi Arabia; Pakistan, however, refused the offer.

Ultimately, the roster of the conferees marks the event as regional, rather than a global. Indeed, its participants were limited to neighbors of Iran that share its regional security interests – for instance, Pakistan and Afghanistan – and Iranian satellites – such as Tajikistan, Iraq, and Sudan.

Even though Sudanese President Bashir, who is wanted by the U.N. for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur, was among the conference speakers – and also met privately with Khamenei and Ahmadinejad – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised Iran for its initiative in hosting the conference. In a message delivered to the conference via special envoy, Ban said: "The U.N. has an important role in fighting terrorism and I hope that the Tehran conference can attain [this] great goal... Moving towards negotiation[s] and recognition among nations according to the U.N. charter, having friendly relations with nations and improving relations among them, and performing humanistic activities are some of the important strategies against terrorism."[3]

According to the Iranian news agency Fars, the conference addressed various means and methods of cooperative counterterrorism on bilateral, regional, and international levels; the global obstacles and challenges posed by terrorism; and the causes of the increasing trend of terrorist activities worldwide.[4]

The following report will provide an overview of the conference:


Left to right: Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon, Sudanese President 'Omar Al-Bashir, Pakistani President Asif 'Ali Zardari, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, at the "World Without Terrorism Conference" in Tehran, June 25, 2011. Source:, June 26, 2011.

Khamenei: The Zionist Regime Is Proud of Its Terrorist Background

According to his official website,[5] in his opening speech Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei criticized the "hegemonic powers' history of terrorist acts and their support for the terrorist Zionist regime, and their long list of monetary and propaganda support for organized terrorists – and, at the same time, their claim of fighting terrorism." He emphasized that the conference was largely aimed at "providing a clear and precise definition of terrorism," adding that "the Islamic Republic of Iran considers the fight with this evil phenomenon [an] unavoidable responsibility, and will continue with strength its efforts in this great [fight]."

Following are excerpts from his address, as it appeared on his website:

"...Terrorism is not a new phenomenon. It is not a product of recent periods. However, the emergence of horrific weapons of mass destruction has made it hundreds of times more dangerous. More [shocking] and important [are] the calculations of satanic world powers, which use terrorism in their policies and planning to achieve their illegitimate goals. Historical memories in the minds of nations in our region will never forget how colonial powers planned to occupy Palestine and expel [the] Palestinian people form their homeland, by organizing and arming terrorist organizations such as the Zionism International Agency [apparently, the World Zionist Organization] and tens of similar groups which committed [the] horrendous crimes in Deir Yassin and in other places.

"The Zionist regime, since the very beginning of its creation [and] until now, has continued shamelessly and openly [in] its terrorist acts outside and inside Palestine. Both the former and incumbent leaders of the Zionist regime feel proud of their terrorist background and, in some cases, of their direct involvement in terror operations.

"Another example is the United States, [which] has a long list of terrorist behaviors [in its] financing and arming [of] terrorist organizations in the region. The deadly attacks of American drones against defenseless families in villages and in the most deprived areas of Afghanistan have [repeatedly] turned... weddings into mourning ceremonies. Crimes by the Blackwater [Corporation] in Iraq, killing Iraqi citizens and elites, assisting terrorist groups in Iran, Iraq, and in Pakistan, [the] assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists in cooperation with [the] Mossad, [and] shooting down Iran's passenger aircraft in the Persian Gulf that left 300 men, women, and children killed – are [all] part of this shameful and unforgettable list of American acts of terrorism.

"The United States, Britain, and some Western governments with a black record of terrorist behaviors, have now added to their rhetoric the claim of fighting terrorism. They are the same terrorists who, during [the] 1980s, massacred thousands of innocent people in Iran. They killed 72 Iranian senior officials [and] academic figures, and scores of [Majlis members] in a single act of terrorism. In another terrorist act, our president and prime minister were martyred, and the perpetrators of these terror attacks are now living in some European countries under the protection of European governments. With such behaviors, it is a shame to claim to be leading the fight against terrorism.

"Meanwhile, the United States and its allies call Palestinian freedom fighters terrorists, a deceitful definition which constitutes the basic problem of terrorism in the present world. From the standpoint of the leaders of hegemonic powers, everything that threatens their illegitimate interests is viewed as terrorism. All struggles intended to defend a cause against the occupiers and interventionist forces are regarded by them as terrorism. But they never call those evil forces and evil cells that are a plague against the life and security of innocent people terrorists.

"A clear and exact definition of terrorism can be one of your fundamental works and objectives in the present meeting. By relying on the noble teachings of Islam, with its underlying principles for human dignity, where the loss of an innocent life is considered the loss of [all of] humanity, and as a nation which has suffered heavy losses on the part of violent terrorism, we believe that the fight against this evil phenomenon is an unavoidable responsibility, and by the grace of Allah, we remain dedicated to continue this great fight with greater force."

Ahmadinejad: The World Powers Are Using 9/11 to Divide Nations and Impede Their Progress
According to President Ahmadinejad's official website,[6] his address to the conference emphasized the global threat posed by terrorism, pointing to Iran as one of its chief victims. He claimed that terrorism was the result of the poverty, discrimination, and humiliation caused by foreign invasion and occupation, citing the examples of Iraq and Afghanistan under U.S. military occupation. He said that Israel, the U.S., and the West had exploited the Holocaust and 9/11 to justify the realization of their colonialist aspirations in the Middle East, which had brought nothing but backwardness and destruction to the region:

"Some believe that the motive behind the September 11 attacks was to ensure the safety of [the] Zionist regime, to foment insecurity in regional countries, to distract U.S. public opinion from the chaotic economic situation in the country, and to [line] the pockets of uncivilized, belligerent capitalists... Two years after the incident that provided an excuse for the invasion of two countries (Afghanistan and Iraq) led to the killing, injuring, and displacing of millions... the U.S. government, under pressure from public opinion, tasked a group to investigate the reason behind the attacks. But the real truth has been kept from the Americans and the world..."

According to the website, Ahmadinejad said that the global powers "resorted to terrorism 'to create divisions, break unity among nations, impede their progress, and dominate their resources and fates' [by] tak[ing] the fates of other nations in their hands and impos[ing] their puppets on them... [The] president called on the international community to devise practical solutions to curb terrorism and urged the abolishment of 'faulty, discriminatory mechanism[s] [for] fighting terrorism'... He also said that the Islamic Republic is ready to cooperate with others in fight[ing] against terrorism."


Photo source:, June 26, 2011.

Khamenei Meets with Afghan, Iraqi, Pakistani Presidents, Warns Against U.S. Presence in Their Countries

During the two days of the conference, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei met with the presidents of Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. In his meeting with Afghan President Karzai, he said that U.S. President Obama's statement regarding the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan by 2014 was meant for domestic consumption, and that the U.S. planned to use Karzai's country as a permanent base for its forces. Karzai replied that he hoped Obama would keep his promise, and asked Iran to extend aid to Afghanistan.

In his meeting with Iraqi president Jalal Talabani, Khamenei said that U.S. power in the Middle East had declined, and that this fact should be taken advantage of against the U.S. Talabani replied that the Iraqis were united in their opposition to the ongoing U.S. presence in their country, and likewise asked for Iranian assistance. In his meeting with Khamenei, Pakistani President Asif 'Ali Zardari told the Iranian leader that the U.S. was trying to sow division in Pakistan for its own ends, and promised that his country would work toward expanding its relations with Tehran.[7]

Khamenei Meets with Sudanese President Bashir

In a meeting with Sudanese President 'Omar Al-Bashir, that was also attended by Iranian President Ahmadinejad, Supreme Leader Khamenei expressed satisfaction over the "Islamic awakening[s]" in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya, claiming that these popular movements had successfully defied the West and the Zionists. He cautioned against Western attempts to exploit the uprisings for their own ends, saying: "The U.S. and Zionist regime's bastion in Egypt has collapsed; the U.S. and certain puppet regimes of the region are now trying to divert the track of movements..." Khamenei expressed concern over the situation in Libya, where he said the popular uprising was close to realizing a true victory for Islam, much to the dismay of "the West, [which fears the] possible formation of an Islamic government in Libya, at the doorstep of Europe."

Turning to developments in Sudan, Khamenei said that Iran fully supported Sudan's Islamic government and Muslim people in their determination "to safeguard their independence, Islamic ideology, and sovereignty." He praised Sudan for standing up to "the U.S. and Zionist regime's pressures and conspiracies," urging all parties and factions in Sudan "to keep vigilance and remain united in the face of the ongoing developments." Bashir, on his part, said that ties between the two countries were solid, and thanked Tehran for its support of the Sudanese people. He said that the developments in the region would prove in favor of the Islamic countries, adding that "the region would never return to previous conditions, and [that] the U.S. and the Zionist regime have been [the greatest] losers of the development[s]."[8]

It should be noted that prior to the conference, the moderate-conservative Iranian website Asr-e Iran called on the Iranian regime to rescind its invitation to Sudanese President 'Omar Al-Bashir. The website claimed that Iran, which is accused by the U.N. of violating human rights, should act like the many countries which had refused to host Bashir, who is wanted by the U.N. for crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur. The website said that Bashir's presence at the conference would greatly harm Iran, and that it would be inappropriate to host someone who had been accused of murdering hundreds of thousands of people.[9]

Ban Ki-Moon Praises Tehran for Hosting Counterterrorism Conference

The news agency Fars reported that U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, via a special envoy, had delivered a message to the conference in praise of Iran's initiative: "U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised Tehran's initiative and efforts in holding the first international conference on the global fight against terrorism, and described it as a major move and gathering in the war on terrorism. In a written message to the conference read by [the] U.N. Envoy to Tehran Mohammad Rafi Al-Din Shah, [Ban] Ki-moon [commended] the Islamic Republic of Iran for holding [this] very important conference."

According to Fars, Ban also said that the U.N. had "'approved a large number of resolutions against terrorism in recent years' and [that] holding conferences like the Tehran conference can be considerably helpful in implementing these resolutions... The U.N. has an important role in fighting terrorism, and I hope that the Tehran conference can attain great goals... Moving towards negotiation and recognition among nations according to the U.N. charter, having friendly relations with nations and improving relations among them, and performing humanistic activities are some of the important strategies against terrorism."[10]


Source:, June 26, 2011.

*A. Savyon is Director of MEMRI's Iranian Media Project. D. Diamond is a research fellow at MEMRI.


[1] According to the Pakistani daily Express Tribune, the presidents of Bangladesh, Bolivia, and the Republic of Benin were also in attendance. Express Tribune (Pakistan), June 20, 2011.

[2] Website of the Supreme Leader (Iran), June 25, 2011.

[3] Fars (Iran), June 26, 2011.

[4] Fars (Iran), June 26, 2011.

[5] Website of the Supreme Leader (Iran), June 25, 2011. The original English translation was lightly edited for clarity.

[6] Website of the President (Iran), June 25, 2011. The original English translation was lightly edited for clarity.

[7] Website of the Supreme Leader (Iran), June 25-26, 2011.

[8] Website of the Supreme Leader (Iran), June 26, 2011.

[9] Asr-e Iran (Iran), June 23, 2011; Mehr (Iran), June 20, 2011.

[10] Fars (Iran), June 26, 2011.

Jew-Hating, Jihadist Sheikh Qaradawi, "Massively Influential And Probably The Number One Scholar In The Arab World", To Speak In Ireland

From Jihad Watch:

Jew-hating jihadist Sheikh Qaradawi, "massively influential and probably the number one scholar in the Arab world," to speak in Ireland

"Top Muslim clerics" will be there as well. One would think that "top Muslim clerics" would shun this hateful inciter of mass murder if what the governments of the West, law enforcement and the mainstream media tell us about Islam were true. But once again, no.

Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi has been praised by Saudi-funded dhimmi pseudo-academic John Esposito as a champion of a “reformist interpretation of Islam and its relationship to democracy, pluralism and human rights.” But numerous statements of Qaradawi demonstrate that he anything but a “reformist” or a genuine champion of “democracy, pluralism and human rights” – and is, in fact, positively Hitlerian in his Jew-hatred and bloodlust.

During the uprising against the Mubarak regime, a Muslim website published a chapter from Qaradawi’s book Laws of Jihad, including this passage: “One of the forms of jihad in Islam is jihad against evil and corruption within [the Islamic lands]. This jihad is crucial in order to protect society from collapse, disintegration, and perdition — for Muslim society has unique characteristics, and if these are lost, forgotten or destroyed, there will be no Muslim society.”

Qaradawi also enjoys a reputation as a moderate beyond just Esposito: the former Ground Zero mosque imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, who is himself widely assumed to be a “moderate” despite evidence to the contrary, has hailed Qaradawi as a “very very well known Islamic jurist, highly regarded all over the Muslim world.” And another Muslim leader whose moderate bona fides have been questioned, the vaunted “Muslim Martin Luther” Tariq Ramadan, wrote a foreword to one of his books in 1998, and former London Mayor Ken Livingstone welcomed him to the city in 2004 and praised him repeatedly, despite the fact that during that visit Qaradawi explained to the BBC that suicide attacks against Israelis were not actually suicide at all, but “martyrdom in the name of God.” (Qaradawi has since been banned from Britain, as well as from the U.S.)

And the things that Qaradawi tells the millions of Muslims that he reaches are anything but moderate. In January 2009, during a Friday sermon broadcast on Al-Jazeera, he prayed that Allah would kill all the Jews: “Oh Allah, take this oppressive, Jewish, Zionist band of people. Oh Allah, do not spare a single one of them. Oh Allah, count their numbers, and kill them, down to the very last one.” He also declared: “Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the [Jews] people who would punish them for their corruption. The last punishment was carried out by [Adolf] Hitler.”

Why is such a man being allowed into Ireland?

"Controversial Muslim leader to hold conference in Ireland," by Cormac O’Keeffe for the Irish Examiner, June 29 (thanks to Twostellas):

A CONTROVERSIAL and highly influential Muslim religious leader, banned from Britain and US, is holding a five-day conference in Ireland with top Muslim clerics from here and abroad.

Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi is the head of the European Council for Fatwah and Research (ECFR), which is based in Dublin at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland (ICCI)....

Speaking at an international conference on extremism and terrorism in Dublin, Usama Hasan, an Imam and lecturer in Britain, said Sheikh al-Qaradawi was "massively influential and probably the number one scholar in the Arab world".

That is an extraordinarily important statement, given the prevailing assumption in the West that jihadists and Islamic supremacists are only a Tiny Minority of Extremists™.

He said that the annual session of the ECFR was being covered by Arab press as it was a "very influential body".

He said Sheikh al-Qaradawi was a "very complex" character and described him as a "fundamentalist, but a progressive fundamentalist".

Mr Hasan, who is a senior lecturer in Middlesex University and a former militant, said Sheikh al-Qaradawi was banned from several countries because of his view on suicide bombings in Israel....

Posted by Robert on June 29, 2011 8:15 AM

Illegal Immigration: "We Can No Longer Hold Europe's Southeast Flank"

From Jihad Watch:

Illegal immigration: "We can no longer hold Europe's southeast flank"


Guarding the infidels: The border fence between Morocco and Ceuta (a Spanish city located inside Morocco)

Illegal immigration: "We can no longer hold Europe's southeast flank"

by Nicolai Sennels

The "Arab Spring" has unleashed an unprecedented wave of illegal immigrants heading for Europe. The fall or weakening of several dictators has resulted in loosened security, which allows people to flee the Islamic societies. Hundreds of thousands of Muslims have already entered the EU, and hundreds of thousands more are on their way.

In 2008, 80,000 illegal immigrants entered Greece. The Greek authorities cried out for help, saying that "the country can no longer handle the task of guarding the European Union’s southeast flank." As a result, immigrant gangs have ravaged the historic center of Athens, "wielding swords, axes and machetes." A new report published by Reuters tells us that illegal immigration is setting new records, as "Illegal immigration to Europe is now on track to surpass the peak hit in 2008. The IMO says about 42,000 migrants have already crossed into Italy and Malta alone, surpassing the 40,000 total for the two countries in all of 2008."

The EU's foremost job is to protect its citizens

The most important task above all others for the EU -- now and for the coming years -- will be to build and maintain an effective and well-guarded border fence at relevant stretches of the Union's outer border. At the same time, the EU countries must work together at building and running refugee camps in areas outside Europe. In those cases where illegal immigrants cannot be sent back to their country of origin, they will receive shelter, food and medical care there.

According to the UNHCR, the cost of having one person in a refugee camp somewhere in Africa, for example, is 50 dollars / 33 euros per year. The price for having a refugee in a country like Denmark is 50,000 dollars / 33,000 euros. In other words, for every single refugee who is allowed to stay in Denmark, we can protect and feed one thousand refugees in a camp in an area where they understand the language and feel home in the culture.

Nicolai Sennels is a psychologist and author who writes from Denmark.

Posted by Robert on June 29, 2011 8:26 AM

Demoncrat Congressmen In Love With Hamas Love Boat, The Audacity Of Hope

From Red State:

Democrat Congressmen in Love with Hamas Love Boat

American leftists keeping terror afloat

Posted by Daniel Horowitz (Profile)

Wednesday, June 29th at 8:27AM EDT


The western organizations that agitate for Hamas are preparing for the next Flotilla circus, in which they plan to breach Israel’s blockade of Hamasistan (aka Gaza). This 15-ship fleet includes a vessel that will carry 36 American leftists. The ship is appropriately named The Audacity of Hope, as a tribute to the most pro-Palestinian leader of the free world. No, they are not bringing hope and change to the region; they are bringing deadly chemicals to throw on the Israeli soldiers who will inevitably board the ship. Now, six Democrats are asking the State Department to protect the American leftists while they offer aid and comfort to our enemies. This from the Jerusalem Post:

The six members of Congress to sign the letter regarding the American presence are Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich, Missouri Representative William Lacy Clay, California Representatives Sam Farr, Bob Filner and Barbara Lee, and District of Columbia Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton. Kucinich initiated the letter.

“We request that you do everything in your power to work with the Israeli government to ensure the safety of the US citizens on board,” the letter reads, saying that the signatories “urge all parties to practice maximum restraint and avoid violence.”

Yes, we all remember the absence of violence from last years’ flotilla.

The irony about the disquiet directed toward the Israeli blockade is that there is no longer a need to challenge the blockade. There essentially is no blockade ever since the Egyptian provisional government, the wonderful product of the cherished Arab Spring, promised to open the Rafah border crossing at the Egyptian border with Gaza. Yes, it wasn’t only the Israelis who didn’t want the Hamas lunatics running amok in their country; Egypt didn’t want them either – at least not until they threw out our ally, Mubarak.

One would think that members of Congress have better things to do than collaborate with Hamas supporters. Then again, the deepest, darkest corners of the Democrat caucus have always harbored that constituency. Seven Democrats sit on the board of one of the flotilla supporters; Progressive Democrats of America. Last week, one of the members, extremist Rep. Lynn Woolsey, who will thankfully retire next year, was caught on tape chanting dorky anti-Israel slogans at a Code Pink rally. Toward the end of this video, Woolsey heaps praises upon the Code Pink activist who disrupted Israeli PM Netanyahu’s speech before a joint meeting of Congress.

(HT The Blaze)

It’s just a shame that these Congresscritters won’t be on the ship when all the action takes place.

Understanding Turkey's 2011 Election Results

From FPRI:


by Gerald Robbins

June 28, 2011

Gerald Robbins is a Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy

Research Institute, specializing in analyzing Turkey, the

Caucasus region, and Central Asia.

Available on the web and in pdf format at:


by Gerald Robbins

Now that the results are known from Turkey's June 12 general

election, it is an appropriate time to discern this

strategically important nation's state of affairs. Turkey-

watching is never an easy matter, especially given the

current government's fluctuating ways which confound many

analysts. Nearly a decade has passed since the Justice and

Development came to power with its heavily-inspired Islamist

thinking. Detractors see the AKP's methodology as a stealth

jihad that's gradually eroding the country's secularist

bearings. Conversely, AKP's proponents applaud the various

reforms which the party has enacted, ostensibly projecting

it as a "bridge" between Western and Muslim civilizations.

Whatever the case may be, the Turkish post-electoral

environment is at a critical crossroad with far-reaching

implications for its society and beyond.

The election was essentially a foregone conclusion. The main

issue wasn't whether the AKP would win, but by how much.

Such a tacit acknowledgement was aptly reflected in

secularist newspapers and other opposition outlets.

Columnists were noticeably subdued in their criticisms of

AKP programs and their leader, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip

Erdogan. While part of this reticence was due to a growing

governmental crackdown against journalists questioning Mr.

Erdogan's motives (thereby causing deep concern about AKP's

commitment to democracy), the general population wasn't

afflicted by an immediate problem or crisis. Compared to its

anemic Western counterparts, the Turkish economy had

expanded by 8.9 percent in 2010, reflecting a near-decade of

strong growth since the AKP assumed control in 2002. Among

G-20 countries, only China has grown at a faster pace. This

sustained economic boom provides Turkish citizenry with a

sense of confidence both at home and abroad towards their

Muslim brethren. Additionally, considering that Turkey's per

capita income has almost tripled during Erdogan's tenure,

it's not hard to realize why AKP captured 50 percent of the

vote and once again rules without having to form a coalition


However, dominating the popular vote didn't automatically

translate into a political mandate. Prime Minister Erdogan's

campaign aim was to secure a two thirds majority or 367 of

the 550 seats in the Turkish Meclis (assembly). Instead AKP

won 326 seats, which was five less than what it had in the

previous parliament. While the result still gave Mr. Erdogan

an absolute majority, it prevented him from having the

ability to rule by decree. Unhindered, the AKP could have

changed Turkey's constitution to fit their philosophical

outlook. It is unanimously agreed across Turkey's political

spectrum that a new doctrine needs to replace the existing

version, which had been installed by the military following

its 1980 coup d'etat. A constitutional referendum

incorporating several philosophical viewpoints besides AKP's

perspective is now likely. Taking heed of the electoral

result, Mr. Erdogan stated "the people gave us a message to

build the new constitution through consensus and


AKP's tempered victory wasn't due to a noticeable growth in

secularist support. Secularism's standard bearer, the

Republican Peoples Party (CHP), minimally improved upon

their prior 2007 general election performance. Despite new

leadership and a publicized shift from etatist ideology to

Europhilic Social Democracy, the CHP was able to garner only

26 percent of the total vote. Many political observers were

disappointed by the result, expecting the party which was

established by Kemal Ataturk, Turkey's founding father, to

get around 30% of the ballots cast. Furthermore, CHP's

national appeal continued to deteriorate. Save for the Izmir

region and European Turkey, nearly all of the Anatolian

peninsula (except the Kurdish-dominated Southeast) went AKP.

Once solid CHP strongholds along the Turkish Mediterranean

and Aegean coasts became Justice and Development territory.

Several explanations are given for the CHP's decline,

ranging from archaic programs to weak leadership. Kemal

Kilicdaroglu, CHP's current chairman, is trying to transform

Ataturk's party from what the Financial Times characterizes

as "shrine worshippers with a lazy sense of entitlement to

power" into "a viable social democratic party." However,

there are noticeable fissures within the CHP's hierarchy

regarding its post-election strategy. Unless this

dissension is effectively contained, CHP risks further


What stopped Erdogan and the AKP from completely controlling

the political process were the other parties that hurdled

over the ten percent barrier for parliamentary

representation. The far right National Action Party (MHP)

and the Kurdish-oriented Peace and Development Party (BDP)

couldn't be more disparate in ideological outlook, yet they

will likely play pivotal roles in Turkey's political future.

Regarding MHP, their results were surprising. A sex scandal

involving several senior party officials was seen as the

death knell for MHP's electoral fortunes. There was

widespread speculation that the party's power base would

switch allegiance to the AKP, effectively handing Mr.

Erdogan a two-thirds majority to govern as he pleased.

However, the anticipated defection didn't occur: MHP's 13

percent tally hardly shrank from its 14 percent performance

in the 2007 general election.

Whereas MHP had been tainted by scandal, the BDP was mired

in controversy. Its platform advocating greater Kurdish

rights and autonomy within a highly centralized Turkey is

anathema throughout the political landscape. The issue is

generally kept at arm's length by the other parties, namely

due to suspicions that any Kurdish polity is a front for

separatism. Add to this wariness an ongoing insurrection

that has claimed 40,000 lives since the 1980's and any

Kurdish-based entity is barely tolerated within the Turkish


Procedural restrictions compelled the BDP to run its

candidates as independents. Thirty six deputies were elected

this way and will now form a Kurdish bloc in the Meclis.

(Six of these nominees are currently in jail.) This incoming

group poses a formidable challenge for Ankara to negotiate

an overall solution with. The delegation has doubled its

legislative presence from the last assembly and will likely

be more forceful in demanding greater autonomy. A recent

surge of Kurdish unrest throughout Turkey will like

intensify if the Erdogan government mishandles its dealings

with the BDP.

Initial indications are not promising. At the time of this

writing, Hatip Dicle, a newly elected BDP deputy, has been

prevented from entering Parliament due to accusations of

belonging to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) terrorist

organization. Mr. Dicle is one of the six imprisoned

individuals who are part of the BDP's incoming contingent,

and their fates are likely subject to the same decision. An

AKP candidate was chosen to fill Mr. Dicle's seat, provoking

a BDP boycott of the newly elected Meclis and an apparent

political deadlock.

The CHP faces a similar situation. Two of its recently

elected deputies sit in prison on charges of belonging to an

organization (the controversial Ergenekon scandal) that

conspired to overthrow the AKP government. A court ruling

decided against allowing them out of jail to be sworn in as

lawmakers. Both the CHP and BDP are concerned that these

judgments are a ploy by the AKP to reach the necessary

number of seats for governing by fiat. The two parties

advocate for a solution that's similar to what freed Mr.

Erdogan from prison shortly before he became Prime Minister.

"Regardless of whether the case they are on trial for is

Ergenekon or anything else, they have been elected

democratically," an independent deputy commented.

There are other matters besides legislative gamesmanship

that the AKP needs to focus upon. Various signs indicate

that economic difficulties lie ahead. While Turkey's overall

performance has been impressive amid present international

circumstances, its current account deficit is ballooning and

will likely reach 8% of the nation's GDP this year. In

April alone, the deficit figure widened to $7.7 billion from

$4.4 billion in the same month a year ago. Trade-wise, the

first four months of 2011 saw a 44 percent increase in

imports, while exports grew only 21 percent. As for

unemployment, Turkey's 10.7 percent figure is nominally

higher than the EU's 9.6 percent average. Particularly

troubling is the 19.3 percent jobless rate among Turkish

youth. Considering that the nation's median age is 28 years

old, the government needs to immediately address this


Those familiar with recent Turkish history know this is a

potentially dangerous brew for political instability. Just a

decade ago, Turkey was in a deep financial crisis and

beholden to the IMF for assistance. It has successfully

emerged from that period, yet another threat currently

lingers on the horizon. During the election period, Prime

Minister Erdogan spoke of zero interest rates and a tax

amnesty to keep the economy growing. These were overly

simplistic solutions, reflecting campaign rhetoric instead

of reasonable thought. There's no longer a need to curry

favor with the electorate, so tougher, albeit unpopular

measures need to be enacted. One area where the reins can be

tightened is consumer credit. Low lending rates are a

contributing factor to the current trade and account

deficits. Curbing politically envisioned pork barrel

projects (i.e., a canal system for Istanbul intended to

bypass the heavily trafficked Bosphorus Straits) would also


Another ominous development is the deteriorating situation

in next-door Syria. What's transpiring across the border is

a reprimand of Prime Minister Erdogan's regional outlook.

Syria has been the fulcrum of the AKP's "zero problems"

initiative, a policy whose primary aim is improving Turkey's

relations with the Arab world. It has opened new markets for

Turkish products and counterbalances an overdependence on

ties with Europe.

This outreach also satisfies the AKP's Islamist sentiments.

The closer rapport with fellow Muslims has been to Israel's

detriment, which prior to the AKP's tenure, enjoyed good

relations with Turkey. Syria is the main benefactor of this

estrangement, establishing a partnership with Turkey that

has removed trade barriers, visa restrictions and produced

numerous bilateral trade agreements. Both nations have

further expanded their cooperation into the military realm,

signing a defense cooperation treaty that raises eyebrows

throughout Western military circles.

The embraces and words of fraternity have changed with the

coming of the Arab Spring. When it came knocking on Syria's

door, Prime Minister Erdogan believed that Turkish democracy

would serve as the solution to their neighbors woes and

frustrations. He's badly miscalculated-Syrian President

Bashar Assad has no interest in adopting Turkey's system of

governance or other democratic models. Totalitarian rule and

suppression is what Assad knows best, a family enterprise

that's none of Ankara's business. His relationship with

Turkey is for strategic and economic purposes only.

As a result of President Assad's intransigence, Prime

Minister Erdogan's status has taken a hit throughout the

restive Arab world. By hesitating to criticize a fellow

Muslim, his "zero problems" policy appears inane. Moreover,

there's now a growing cross-border problem as Syrians flee

for safety. An estimated 11,000 people are currently living

in hastily built refugee camps, uncertain when or if they'll

be able to return home.

Ankara is warily monitoring the Syrian situation. There are

reports that the government is considering whether to close

the border and form a buffer zone within Syria should

further chaos ensue. One of the most feared scenarios is

that the current unrest will turn into a religious civil war

between the majority Sunni Muslim population and President

Assad's Alawite community. Another worry is Kurdish

militants establishing an operations base along the frontier

to launch attacks against Turkey. Whatever the case might

be, the Erdogan government has to prepare for various

contingencies should Syria's turmoil worsen.

After three resoundingly impressive general election

victories, there is little doubt that Recep Erdogan is

Turkey's most powerful leader since Ataturk. In many

respects he's the Turkish version of Andrew Jackson-an

Islamist populist who has successfully challenged the

secularist elite and its entrenched infrastructure. During

his time in office, the nation has undergone profound

changes, forging a dynamic economy and becoming a respected

player on the world scene. The once all-powerful military

has been brought to heel (albeit by questionable means),

resulting in a more egalitarian society.

Egalitarian isn't a word that would fit Mr. Erdogan's

personality, however. He governs with a heavy hand to

achieve his goals. His managerial style is criticized for

exhibiting an authoritarian impulse, which has a vindictive

streak. The tax authorities have been empowered to go after

his opponents in media and business circles. They aren't the

only ones subject to this intimidation; dissension within

the AKP ranks isn't tolerated. Those party cadre whose

loyalty to Mr. Erdogan had been questioned were reportedly

purged from candidate lists prior to the general election.

Whereas the AKP once reflected a spectrum of personalities

with varying outlooks, it has turned into the Prime

Minister's personal fiefdom.

There are no signs in the foreseeable future that Mr.

Erdogan's rule will be credibly challenged. His agenda to

create a new Turkey has so far succeeded and can culminate

by introducing a new constitution. Before starting this

endeavor, more immediate concerns need attention, namely

regional tumult, economic uncertainties and what threatens

to be parliamentary impasse. Perhaps the Prime Minister can

ease legislative tension by proposing to the BDP deputies

that a quasi-federal status for the Kurds be considered when

the constitution is drafted. It would be a bold,

controversial move that the other opposition groups would

promptly reject, but nonetheless initiate discussion on how

to finally resolve a long-festering dilemma. If Mr. Erdogan

can skillfully manage the process, he'll be remembered as

the person who settled the Kurdish issue, Turkey's most

burdensome problem.


Copyright Foreign Policy Research Institute


Statue In Budapest's Liberty Square Credits Reagan For Freedom

From The Washington Times:

Statue in Budapest’s Liberty Square credits Reagan for freedom

Associated Press photographs
U.S. Air Force and Army officers serving in Hungary pose with the new statue of former President Ronald Reagan in Budapest on Wednesday. The 7-foot-2 bronze statue honors Reagan for his efforts to free Hungary from the yoke of communism.

Associated Press photographs U.S. Air Force and Army officers serving in Hungary pose with the new statue of former President Ronald Reagan in Budapest on Wednesday. The 7-foot-2 bronze statue honors Reagan for his efforts to free Hungary from the yoke of communism.

By Ben Birnbaum


The Washington Times

6:38 p.m., Wednesday, June 29, 2011

BUDAPEST — Hundreds of Hungarians gathered at Liberty Square on Wednesday to witness the unveiling of a statue of Ronald Reagan and celebrate the man they credit with ending communist rule in their country.

At a ceremony in the square, home to the U.S. Embassy, Prime Minister Viktor Orban praised the 40th president as a man who changed Central Europe.

“Today, we are erecting here a statue to the man, to the leader, who changed, who renewed, this world and created in it a new world for us in Central Europe - a man who believed in freedom, who believed in the moral strength of freed people and that walls that stand in the way of freedom can be brought down,” Mr. Orban said.

Mr. Reagan left office after two terms in January 1989, a few months before communist governments began collapsing in Europe.

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, who chaired a visiting congressional delegation at the ceremony, noted that Mr. Reagan’s statue would look out at a nearby World War I monument to fallen Soviet soldiers - Budapest’s last tribute to communism.

“To me, it brings up that he’s going to trust but verify,” the California Republican quipped, referring to a famous Reagan line about dealing with the Soviet Union.

Nancy Reagan, Mr. Reagan’s 89-year-old widow, could not attend the event, but she sent former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as her emissary.

Miss Rice said she hoped the Reagan statue in Liberty Square will remind people that “there are still men, women and children who live in tyranny.”

“Whenever we stand in this square and look at this statue, let us pledge that their cause is not helpless. They are not alone. We will stand with them,” said Miss Rice, who helped forge alliances with Hungary and other former communist countries as a National Security Council aide under President George H.W. Bush, who was Mr. Reagan’s vice president and successor.

The Budapest celebration occurred during a week of similar Reagan commemorations in London and Prague, and in Krakow, Poland - all part of a year of Reagan Foundation events in honor of the centennial of the 40th president’s birth.

Missouri’s recently retired Republican senator, Christopher S. Bond, whose wife Linda organized the four-nation string of events, said he was touched so many countries were honoring Mr. Reagan. He also took a veiled swipe at President Obama.

“When [Polish anti-communist leader] Lech Walesa spoke on May 24, he said, ‘When Ronald Reagan was there. America led the world in the push for freedom,’ ” Mr. Bond told The Washington Times. “I guess now somebody in the European Union is going to have to take it over.”

Following Wednesday’s unveiling, local residents and tourists alike posed for photographs beside Mr. Reagan’s statue, with the Hungarian parliament building’s crimson cupola in the background.

Budapest native Kornelia Budai, 76, said that the day reminded her of friends who died in the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, which was crushed by Soviet forces.

She recalled that, as a young teenager after World War II, the communist government shut down her Catholic school and sent her to a new academy where Russian-language classes were mandatory.

“Ronald Reagan was a symbol of freedom for the peoples of Eastern Europe,” Ms. Budai said. “We loved him not just as a president, but as a man.”

Christopher Ball, an economics professors at Connecticut’s Quinnipiac University, said he and his Hungarian-born wife reshuffled their travel plans so they could take their eight-year-old daughter and 10-month-old son to see the new statue.

“Reagan clearly put the U.S. in many ways back on the map. He gave us a lot of pride again in our own country,” Mr. Ball said, adding that he thought Mr. Reagan’s advocacy of freedom made Liberty Square an apt home for his statue.

Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjen said Wednesday that, while there are strong differences of opinion among the people of Eastern Europe, “when it comes to respecting the legacy of Ronald Reagan, we are indeed united.”

© Copyright 2011 The Washington Times, LLC.

MEMRI: Hamas Leader Mahmoud Al-Zahhar Stresses that Hamas Is Not Following in the Footsteps of Fatah: We Do Not Recognize Israel and Do Not Give Up the Rest of Palestine

MEMRI: Hamas Leader Mahmoud Al-Zahhar Stresses that Hamas Is Not Following in the Footsteps of Fatah: We Do Not Recognize Israel and Do Not Give Up the Rest of Palestine

Greek Lawmakers Back Austerity Implementation, Clear Way For Loans Locked To Cuts And Privatization

From Reuters and Common

Published on Thursday, June 30, 2011 by Reuters

Greek Lawmakers Back Austerity Implementation, Clear Way for Loans Locked to Cuts and Privatization

by Renee Maltezou and Annika Breidthardt

ATHENS/BERLIN - The Greek parliament approved detailed austerity and privatisation bills on Thursday in a crucial vote to secure emergency funds and avert imminent bankruptcy, but longer-term dangers still lurk.

Despite the thousands who attended protests against a Greek privatization drive and austerity measures, the Parliament today passed implementation of the measures. (Photograph by: Aris Messinis, AFP, Getty Images) Prime Minister George Papandreou secured a majority for the legislation after lawmakers backed a 28 billion five-year euro austerity plan on Wednesday, clearing the last obstacle to the next slice of aid from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.

The euro and global stocks rose to three-week highs in anticipation of the vote as investors expressed relief that the specter of a sudden summer default had been avoided, despite fierce public opposition to more pay and spending cuts.

Belgian Finance Minister Didier Reynders said euro zone finance ministers were likely to agree as a result to release a next tranche of loans to Greece at a meeting on Sunday. The IMF is set to follow suit on July 5.

That 12 billion euro loan will prevent Greece defaulting in mid-July or at the latest on August 20, when it must honor a big bond redemption, and shift the focus to a second assistance package likely to be about the same size as last year's 110 billion euro bailout.

But credit insurance markets are still pricing in an 80 percent chance of Greece defaulting on its 340 billion euro debt mountain -- 150 percent of annual economic output -- within five years, and a likely 40 percent write-down for bondholders on three-year debt.

In Berlin, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said he had reached agreement with German banks and he expected a euro zone deal on Sunday on private sector participation in a new assistance program, based on a French plan for a voluntary debt rollover.

German institutes were likely to contribute 3.2 billion euros through this scheme -- barely one-tenth of the sum sought from private bondholders. French banks and insurers have the biggest exposure among foreign holders of Greek debt. Greek banks have little choice but to roll over their holdings.

Prime Minister George Papandreou's socialist government may find it hard to enforce tax increases and state asset sales against massive public resistance, while a violent fringe always present in Greek politics has burst to the fore.

Vasso Papandreou, a former European Commissioner and rebel member of the prime minister's PASOK party who is not related to him, told parliament she would vote for the laws as a patriotic duty even though she believed the economy would deteriorate as a result.

"Germany is preparing the ground for our official bankruptcy as soon as this can happen without cost to the German banks," she said, venting a feeling widely shared among Greeks, who say they are suffering to save European bankers.

Rioters armed with stones and clubs fought several hours of running battles with police firing huge clouds of teargas in central Athens until the early hours of the morning, leaving gutted shop-fronts, shattered windows and a field of debris.

"The problem for Papandreou is not in parliament," said Costas Panagopoulos, head of ALCO pollsters. "It is what is happening outside parliament: not in Syntagma Square, which is just a few hundred protesters, but with the whole of Greece's 11 million people."


North European creditor countries, led by chief paymaster Germany, are insisting that private sector bondholders must share the cost of any further rescue, so intensive talks are under way on a "voluntary" rollover of maturing Greek debt.

European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet, who has repeatedly warned the EU against triggering a devastating credit event or downgrade of Greek debt to default, sounded a note of caution on the French proposal in testimony in the European Parliament.

"At this stage we have not yet (got) a position... we are very alert but I cannot give you a precise judgment on what is going on. There are several concepts being examined," he said. "We advise against all concepts that are not purely voluntary."

Three banking sources told Reuters on Wednesday that politicians and bankers were confident that implementing the French plan would not trigger a payout of credit insurance or a default that would inflict losses on banks.

Banks had received positive signals from ratings agencies that they would not call the rollover plan a default, the sources said.

But officials cautioned that many details of the plan, including whether there would be any official guarantee, remained to be negotiated.

Many investors and economists still expect Greece to default in the medium-term, and one influential international official suggested on Thursday that might be better for Athens.

"The current state of affairs where all the Greek taxpayer's money goes to the creditors cannot continue," said Angel Gurria, head of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a rich nations' intergovernmental think-tank.

"Greece must be enabled to have a policy that really allows work on the economy's recovery. This is also best for the creditors," Gurria told Dutch daily Het Financieele Dagblad. He did not rule out a "haircut" for Greek debt holders.


As Athens recovered from a night of violence, market concerns shifted from the danger of an immediate disorderly default for the first time in the euro zone to the medium-term prospect of a Greek debt restructuring.

"There's still implementation risk over the next few months but for now the default risk has been taken off the table so long as today's vote goes through," said Lloyds Bank strategist Eric Wand.

He forecast renewed pressure on the bonds of weaker euro zone countries on the edges of the single currency area after a temporary respite.

"There should be a brief hiatus in the periphery-bashing we've had in the last few weeks, but there are other problems."

Those included the prospect of early Spanish elections and squabbling within Italy's center-right coalition as the country faces a credit rating downgrade.

Italy's cabinet is due to adopt on Thursday a more ambitious deficit reduction plan than initially planned aimed at saving 47 billion euros by 2014 to try to ward off a loss of creditworthiness.

But Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's Northern League coalition partners have said the government is at risk over plans to raise the retirement age and cut spending.

(Additional reporting by Dina Kyriakidou, George Georgiopoulos, Daniel Flynn and Harry Papachristou in Athens, Paul Carrel and Philipp Halstrick in Frankfurt, Douwe Miedema, Steven Slater, Kirsten Donovan and Dominic Lau in London, and Leigh Tmomas in Paris; writing by Paul Taylor/Mike Peacock, editing by Janet McBride)

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