Archive for October 2008
The first is that we should stop treating British people as if they were members of a confessional group, stop trying to mediate the State’s relationship with them through self appointed, and often very politically extreme religious and “community leaders”, and appreciate that true multiculturalism is something different than what Amartya Sen calls “plural monoculturalism”.
The second option is to treat Muslims as a monolithic bloc, and to proceed on the basis that Muslims will go over to Al Qaeda, unless we do a deal with Islamist groups – like Jamaat-e-Islami and the Muslim Brotherhood – which promise only to advocate and carry out acts of terrorism abroad. The thinking is that Muslims are intrinsically a “problem”, and that we therefore need to cut a Northern Ireland-style deal with their ‘leaders’ who will keep their followers from blowing themselves up, in return for being granted a privileged position by the state, as intermediaries and advisers.
Even if I don’t like multiculturalism, I really believe we agree in much of the content of the two options. So which one do you think that UK politicians support? Just read the post carefully, it’s a very important one…
One of the directors of Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE), Vicente Díaz, solicited an official investigation of whether President Hugo Chávez has violated electoral laws by “acting as chief of state [while] promoting candidates from the electoral option of the [United Socialist Party of Venezuela] PSUV.”
“The President of the Republic has political rights as a citizen, and the norms do not prohibit her or him from electoral action. What they do prohibit is [electoral action] while exercising his or her public function,” said Díaz during a press conference Tuesday.
Specifically, Díaz said that Chávez promoted the PSUV during the recent inauguration of a petro-chemical complex constructed by the state oil company PDVSA.
Also, Chávez made campaign-related threats directed at Manuel Rosales, who is the current governor of Zulia and candidate for mayor of Zulia’s capital city, Maracaibo, while addressing a group of Zulia business leaders about national economic policy last Saturday, said Díaz.
Read also Chávez goes wasting Venezuelan’s money.
And here there is more about Chávez’s desire of jailing Manuel Rosales.
Eric Breininger has been one of Germany’s most-wanted men since he joined the Islamist Jihad Union terrorist organization. He’s now resurfaced in a video from Afghanistan. His message: He has no plans for an attack against Germany.
German officials have been looking for the young man for months. It is a search that has spanned the globe, but which had largely been fruitless. Until Tuesday that is, when Eric Breininger, a young German man from the western state of Saarland, popped up in an Islamic Jihad Union (IJU) terror video claiming he is currently in Afghanistan.
In the video, Breininger — a 21-year-old convert to Islam who has adopted the nom de guerre Abdulgaffar el Almani — sounds little like the terrorist German officials suspect he has become. Indeed, in the six-minute-long clip, which was posted on the IJU Web site on Tuesday, he sounds more like a young schoolboy reading his homework out loud in front of the class. The mini-movie is called “A Call from Hindu Kush,” and its message is clear: “I am currently in Afghanistan and am not personally planning an attack on the country of Germany,” Breininger says into the camera.
The statement seems to be a direct response to growing concerns that Breininger was preparing to do just that — and that such an attack could be imminent. Much of that fear stems from knowledge of the group Breininger has joined. The IJU had close contacts with three terror suspects arrested in the western German region of Sauerlandlast year. The three, Fritz Gelowicz, Adem Yilmaz and Daniel Schneider, stand accused of trying to build a bomb for at attack in Germany. The IJU was also responsible for a suicide attack in Khost, Afghanistan carried out by Cüneyit C. from Bavaria. The March attack killed four people.
(…) Breininger’s video is not unlike others in the genre. He accuses the German government of double standards for promoting democracy in some parts of the world but not standing up for Muslims when they are treated poorly. He says that Germany is a potential target for Islamists because the country’s military, the Bundeswehr, is stationed in Uzbekistan and Afghanistan and that pulling soldiers out of those countries would reduce the danger of an attack. He warns that he and his comrades will wage “war against the occupiers” until the countries occupied are “liberated.” Any country that is a military ally of the United States, he says, should expect to be attacked.
This is especially the case in prisons around Casablanca, where the majority of al-Qaida insurgents have been held, the Med Basin Newsline reported Tuesday, citing the city’s Okasha prison, where al-Qaida-aligned inmates were reported to have taken over an entire ward.
Sources told the news agency that opponents there were intimidated or assaulted until they were transferred or accepted al-Qaida’s rule, which includes strict adherence to Sharia law. Some who have opposed the Islamic militants — most of whom were convicted for terrorism offenses — have been strangled to death, the sources said.
UPDATED: read also Attacks on Spanish enclave continue.
Around 40 African migrants took advantage of flood damage at the border to cross into Spain’s North African enclave of Melilla from Morocco on Monday, police and local government officials said.
Just consider that Moroccan king has given several amnesties to jailed terrorists who had not been condemned for killing people. And then the state of Moroccan prisons. Hmm, what a marvellous perspective.
Catholics in Russia learned today that two priests, Frs. Otto Messmer and Victor Betancourt, both Jesuits, were beaten to death at their apartment in Moscow.
According to the website of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Russia, the two priests’ bodies were discovered at around 9:00 p.m. on October 28 at the Moscow apartment owned by the Jesuits.
The Jesuit Conference reports that a fellow Jesuit discovered the priests after he went on their apartment to check on them. Upon finding their bodies, he contacted the police.
The police determined that though the priests were found in the same apartment, the murders took place on different days. Father Victor Betancourt Ruiz (42) from Ecuador was killed on October 25, and Father Otto Messmer (47), who was the Provincial of the Jesuits in Russia was murdered two days later after returning home from a trip abroad. The motive for the murders is yet to be determined.
A former computer programmer for the Department of Foreign Affairs of Canada was convicted on five terrorism-related charges on Wednesday. Justice Douglas J. A. Rutherford of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled that the programmer, Mohammad Momin Khawaja, had given money and support to a terrorist group that planned bombings in England. A British court found five people linked with Mr. Khawaja guilty last year of taking part in the bombing plot, which was not carried out; they were sentenced to life in prison. The Canadian judge said prosecutors had failed to prove that Mr. Khawaja knew about the British group’s plans to bomb British targets, but he found Mr. Khawaja guilty of having created a remote bomb detonator that the defendant called the “hifidigimonster.” The defense said that Mr. Khawaja thought the plotters planned to use the device in Afghanistan or Iraq.
“There is ample evidence apart from the support and preparation for violent jihad with the mujahedeen in Afghanistan or elsewhere, establishing that Momin Khawaja knew he was dealing with a group whose objects and purposes included activity that meets the (Criminal) Code definition of terrorist activity,” the judge wrote in his 24,000-word decision.
“His most tangible and visible facilitation of that activity was his work in developing the Hi-Fi Digimonster, the remote trigger for an IED. He agreed to build about 30 of them. On the evidence, it is unclear what he knew or anticipated as to where they would be used, or that Khawaja even cared where they would be used. His emir or leader asked him to provide them and he agreed.”
Allam told Pope Benedict he specifically objected to Cardinal Tauran telling a conference in August that Islam itself promotes peace but that “‘some believers’ have ‘betrayed their faith,'” using it as a pretext for violence.
“The objective reality, I tell you with all sincerity and animated by a constructive intent, is exactly the opposite of what Cardinal Tauran imagines,” Allam told the pope. “Islamic extremism and terrorism are the mature fruit” of following “the sayings of the Quran and the thought and action of Mohammed.”
This is something really dangerous and interesting. If someone as peaceful, as rational and as cultivated as this man, considers that Islam is a Religion of War, we should think about it for a minute… carefully.