Saturday, April 19, 2014
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- NBC: Record level of sick or injured California seals and sea lions turning up — “The numbers are extraordinary” — “Scientists worried… The worst kind of perfect storm” — Pups should be weighing 2 or 3 times as much, “severely malnourished” (VIDEO)
- NHK Special: Extremely toxic water 4,000,000 times gov’t limit in trenches between Fukushima reactors and ocean — Experts: “Source of contamination for Pacific” — “Levels too high for them to get more precise look at situation” — Reporter: Plutonium leaked out after fuel rods damaged (VIDEO)
- Manager of Fukushima Plant: “We have to pay for what we have done” — “Repeated efforts have failed” to bring site under control — “It’s embarrassing to admit”
- Sabotage at Fukushima Daiichi? Worker: “Someone did it on purpose… I’m convinced, it was intentional” after basements flooded with 200 tons of highly radioactive water — NHK: “Error or deliberate act”? — Official: Security cameras needed
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Somaliland: 'I’m a Cutter and I’ll Take a Razor to My Daughter in the Holidays'
Somaliland: 'I’m a Cutter and I’ll Take a Razor to My Daughter in the Holidays'
|Friday, 18 April 2014 16:19|
By: MARTIN BENTHAM
Somalilandsun - The Somali cutter sat with her 10-year-old daughter beside her and explained calmly why she will take a razor blade to her this summer. "I am a circumciser," she declared. "This young one I haven't circumcised yet, but my other daughters are circumcised. I will circumcise her in the school holidays in June or July.
"I believe that she will not get married if I don't circumcise her. At the same time, it is important for me because I'm a circumciser and people will not trust me if I don't do it with my own daughter. It would be shameful. They would say, 'you are doing it to our daughters, but you are not doing it to your own'. I will also do it for cultural reasons because people will talk otherwise and say she has not been circumcised."
The logic of Khadija Geedi, a 50-year-old cutter in Somaliland, appeared flawless but her seeming indifference to the pain she will inflict on her daughter Fihiima was unsettling, as the pair sat together on the floor of their home in the rural village of Baki. As Ms Geedi explained, however, the bloody procedure that she will carry out on Fihiima this summer is a routine task to which she has become inured after a career as a "traditional birth attendant" lasting three decades.
"I started doing this when I was 20 and I can't calculate how many I have done," she says, adding that her price for cutting is $15 a time. On average now I do 10-15 a month, but sometimes it can be 30 or 35. In towns I do it mainly during the school holidays. In the rural places it depends when they have enough girls ready to be circumcised.
"I use a blade, some material to stop the bleeding and some local anaesthetic. I go to the local health centre to get them. Before I used to remove all the clitoris and all the labia, major and minor, and sew them. Now I only remove the clitoris. I changed about 10 years ago."
Ms Geedi says her decision to switch to the less extensive type of mutilation, known as "sunna" in Somaliland, followed a move by clerics to revise their religious guidance and declare the alternative "pharaonic" form as contrary to Islam.
"When I heard the sheikhs say that it is forbidden to do the pharaonic type I stopped, but I still do the sunna one. In Islam, that is okay — it says that we can do that," she said.
By contrast, efforts by the Somaliland government, local campaigners and aid organisations such as the charity World Vision to emphasise the damaging health consequences of mutilation have had no impact.
Neither does she worry about inflicting pain on her clients' daughters, insisting that her need to earn a living must prevail.
"The health workers gave us health advice about FGM," she said, "but I don't feel any trouble doing it because it is my profession. Although I know the girl is feeling pain, it is my profession and I am doing what the mother wants. I don't have any choice. I have no other way of earning a living. I need the money to live and pay for my family. So how can I feel for the girl?"
Ms Geedi says the cutting should take about half an hour but admits that resistance frequently means it can last longer.
"Typically, the girls are aged 10 or 11. The youngest I have done was six years old," she said. "It usually takes about 30 minutes if the girl doesn't struggle. If she does then we call lots of people to help the mother and relatives try to force her to be still. Mostly the girls are not accepting this so they start to move around."
Her determination to continue in her job is clear and with the law in Somaliland still allowing cutting, the main hope of campaigners against mutilation lies with the country's clerics.
They began reassessing five years ago what Islam says about FGM. Opinion now, while united in opposition to extensive cutting and sewing, is divided between those who advocate supposedly minor "touching" with a blade and a minority who support leaving girls entirely unharmed.
Sheikh Elmi Ismail Mohamed, who preaches in the Somaliland town of Borama, said he believed girls should have only a "small" cut to the clitoris, which he claimed would not amount to FGM, and added he was determined to prevent more severe mutilation.
"FGM was traditional and people used to practise a very bad kind, the pharaonic type, which involves lots of cutting and destroying," he said.
"Now Islamic scholars are talking about another kind, sunna circumcision, which we can't call FGM because it involves only a very small cut to the edge of the clitoris. It is very little, it is not mutilation, it is not destroying."
He added: "It is not painful, it is not harming and it is better religiously. That is what is written in our religious books. Any cutting or destroying is very bad religiously, but this is not doing that. I preach in the mosque. People think it is shameful to talk about these things, but sometimes I talk about it and give them this message."
Sheikh Elmi added that some parents, particularly in rural areas, believed that extensive "pharaonic" mutilation was necessary to "protect" their daughters "from being sexually active". He said he told them instead that such cutting was "wrong and harmful".
The small "sunna" cut to the clitoris advocated by Sheikh Elmi would still amount to a crime under British law, however, and is regarded as FGM by campaigners in Somaliland and elsewhere.
But another cleric, Sheikh Farah Jama, said that while "sunna" cutting was "optional", he favoured leaving girls untouched.
He added: "We are starting to reduce the number of FGM cases. We discovered that both in sharia law and culturally it is against what it means to leave a person as Allah created her."
"I tell parents that as Allah created the woman, every organ is important. If someone has lost an organ it is important."
Sheikh Farah said he would not allow any mutilation of his daughter, aged three, and that he and other clerics took part in community meetings at which they used both religious and health arguments to persuade parents and cutters against FGM.
He added: "I'm not refusing sunna, it is optional, but I tell people not to go too far. For my girl I am not doing even sunna."
In the cutter's house, though, a mobile phone ring shows how much remains to be done. Ms Geedi laughs after answering, before revealing: "It was someone wanting to hire me." She adds that her next job is tomorrow. Meanwhile, her own daughter's genitals will meet the blade soon.
• Anyone wishing to help improve children's lives in Somaliland and other overseas countries can find out more by contacting World Vision UK on 01908 84 10 10 or at www.worldvision.org.uk .
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Friday, April 18, 2014
“If we lose this battle, there will be no second chance,
for Islam does not give back what it has conquered.”
~ Oskar Freysinger ~
Swiss Member of Parliament
Syrian extremists threaten to ‘destroy’ Canada in online video
The most extreme armed faction in Syria has threatened to “destroy” Canada, as Western governments are struggling to deal with radicalized citizens infatuated with Al-Qaeda ideology. “This is a message to Canada and all the American tyrants: We are coming and we will destroy you, with permission from Allah the almighty”.
Syrian jihadis vs. Canada?
Canada should reform its import/export terrorist system. Excellent interview with Michael Coren and Marc Lebuis of PointdeBascule.
Fighting to Take Back the Narrative From Islamists in Canada
Mumtaz Khan is the President of the Muslim Canadian Congress, an organization dedicated to "fighting Islamism on behalf of Muslims,” according to its website. The organization believes “in a progressive, liberal, pluralistic, democratic and secular society where everyone has freedom of religion,” in the separation of religion and state and opposes gender apartheid.
The Middle East War on Christians
Muslim-majority nations are doing to followers of Jesus what they did to the Jews. The Middle East may be the birthplace of three monotheistic religions, but some Arab nations appear bent on making it the burial ground for one of them. For 2,000 years, Christian communities dotted the region, enriching the Arab world with literature, culture and commerce. At the turn of the 20th century, Christians made up 26% of the Middle East's population. Today, that figure has dwindled to less than 10%. Intolerant and extremist governments are driving away the Christian communities that have lived in the Middle East since their faith was born.
Easter and the Persecuted Church: Time of Celebration, Danger
In many countries around the world, Christians are an embattled minority. In fact, Christians are the largest persecuted religious group in the world today with at least 100 million Christians living in countries or regions where they are pressured, oppressed, imprisoned or even killed because of their faith. For Christians living in countries like Iraq, Nigeria and Algeria, Easter takes on additional implications. It remains a precious and holy day, but one that also carries extra risk and danger.
Christians Heroically Kill 65 Jihadists And Destroy Their Mosque
The followers of Muhammad have invaded the entire Christian city of Saidnaya, in Syria, and as they debase and scoff the churches with their heretical presence, they oppress the saints as they cry out their blasphemous utterances, as the Pharaoh did, saying, “Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go?” (Exodus 5:2) A small band of Christians have formed an army to fight and kill jihadists who attack the holy sites of Syria. This is an incredible story of heroism, of how a few men can defeat entire armies, and it has never been reported before in the English language, until now.
When Islamic jihadists set off two bombs last year at the Boston Marathon, murdering three people and wounded 260, maiming some for life, they brought to fruition not only their own plot, but the whole enterprise of making Americans think that there is a big problem of “Islamophobia” in this country. As this grim anniversary of the April 15, 2013 bombings approaches, it is useful to recall what the ongoing drumbeat over “Islamophobia” is really all about: enabling Islamic jihad murder.
The whole “hate crime” aspect of Shaima Alawadi’s murder was staged. It was apparently an Islamic honor killing for which Shaima Alawadi’s husband is now standing trial. Will the Leftists and Islamic supremacists who made so much of the hate crime now stage “One Million Hijabs Against Honor Killing”? Somehow I doubt it.
A Muslim who was born and raised in Iraq has no credibility to speak about Islam? Then who does? As far as Hamas-linked CAIR is concerned, only those who are uncritical and fulsome in their praise of the religion, not anyone who dares to whisper a hint of concern about jihad terror or Islamic supremacism. Hamas-linked CAIR guns for anyone and everyone who dares to utter the slightest critical word about jihad terror and Islamic supremacist.
How Modernity 'Radicalizes' Western Muslims
“For many years we lulled ourselves with the idea that radicalization was not happening inside the United Sates. We believed American Muslims were immune to radicalization because, unlike the European counterparts, they are socially and economically well-integrated into society. There had been warnings that these assumptions were false but we paid them no mind. Today there is no doubt that radicalization is taking place inside America. The strikingly accelerated rate of American Muslims arrested for involvement in terrorist activities since May 2009 makes this fact self-evident.” (Sue Myrick)
Lorna Salzman writes the following in response:
A very timely and insightful analysis of the roots of second generation Muslim violence. This holds true for Europe as well as the US, in particular Great Britain, where the older generation has long been assimilated. One might add that young Muslims are protesting against their parents for having diluted or abandoned fundamentalist Islam. It is of course another way of protest that blames society or western culture or imperialism....anything that exonerates their own leaders from any responsibility for their lack of jobs, education, economic stability and even minimal culture. This mirrors exactly the turbulence in the Muslim world itself, where domestic political oppression, inequality and inter-group religious conflict are blamed on the US, Israel and the west in general. And when there are external forces that have created problems for the entire population of a country,whether corruption, bribery, economic failures, exploitation, the Muslims will of course think they are being selected out to be the victims. This dissociation from the rest of society is self-inflicted of course. It is the refusal to assimilate (which of course would mean accepting western norms of behavior, rules of law, and civic involvement) that is at the core of the daily problems of Muslims, and this is over-compensated by their demands for special treatment and privileges based on their religion, showing the usual and innate sense of superiority instilled in them by their irresponsible leaders. In the end, the only solution to all of this will not be appeasement, tolerance, multi-culturalism, apologies or special signs of respect but the complete acceptance by Muslims of the imperative: to separate religion and state. Depressingly however, their refusal to accept this most basic attribute of democracy and civil society is today supported by fundamentalist leaders of the other major religions, and most disturbingly by the orthodox Jewish rabbis, who automatically support the demands of Muslims for special treatment and recognition, to the point where these Jewish leaders are prepared to erase the boundaries between religion and state at the demand of Muslim leaders, thus ending up allied with the most regressive, violent and oppressive principles....the same ones that fertilize and nurture the terrorism that we see today.....LS
Historically, wherever in the world Islam has established a secure foothold, it has become dominant, imposing not just the faith of Islam, but also the political, ideological and social curses that come with it. Therefore, if we are concerned for the well-being of our descendants it is imperative that we loosen that foothold. The future subjugation of the British people can be avoided only if we take firm and decisive actions now to halt the continuing expansion of Islam, and to remove Islam from Britain and the West altogether.
UK: Probe of Islamic Takeover Plot Widens
The problem of Islam in public schools has been allowed to snowball to vast proportions... not hundreds but thousands of British schools have come under the influence of Muslim radicals. The plot—dubbed Operation Trojan Horse—consists of a strategy to wrest control of schools by ousting non-Muslim head teachers and staff at secular state schools and replacing them with individuals who will run the schools according to strict Islamic principles.
Allegations include the takeover of school governing bodies by Islamic fundamentalists, harassment and squeezing-out of non-Muslim teachers, forcing female students to cover their hair, banning sex-education classes, bullying female staff, and segregating boys and girls in classrooms.
UK: Multiculturalism vs. Islamism
British Islamists, exploiting the imposition of multiculturalism, forced their officially recognized and publicly funded model of Muslim identity upon their conscripted South Asian constituents. Western governments are not morally responsible for the hateful ideas and murderous actions of the Islamist networks. That wickedness lies with the Islamist groups themselves. But by continuing to promote pernicious policies of multiculturalism while failing to protect the individual liberties on which the West was built, government policy does serve to provide ammunition and willing recruits to the Islamist cause.
Here is a good account — by the victim — of yet another Islamic supremacist attempt to shut down the freedom of speech, with the aid of the British government. This one failed. There will be many, many other such attempts, and probably more from the mendacious, grievance-mongering taqiyya artist Fiyaz Mughal.
Never mind that the right to free speech is one of our fundamental freedoms and the cornerstone of a free democracy, if it offends one of our protected minority species then it must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, or so the current thinking, influenced as it is by the twin evils of political correctness and multiculturalism, goes today.
UK: Muslim Sex Gangs Have Victimized 10,000 Girls Since the 1970s
The ongoing process of “cultural enrichment” has adversely affected our people in several ways, but perhaps no gift of “diversity” is more shocking or sickening than the presence of Muslim sex gangs in our lands. These gangs target non-Muslim girls as young as 11 or 12, many of whom come from broken homes, and draw them into a nightmare world of sexual abuse and torture. This phenomenon has been receiving more publicity lately, but according to a new report, these gangs have been active for decades, while the authorities refused to act out of fear of being labeled “racist”.
Gavin Boby’s Fight Against Muslim Rape Gangs in the U.K
This week’s Glazov Gang was joined by Gavin Boby of the Law and Freedom Foundation. He shared his fight against Muslim Rape Gangs and Mosque Building in the U.K.
Who Is to Blame for "Islamophobia" in the UK?
If you look at the London Tube Bombing of 7/7; the Madrid Train Bombing; two attacks on the World Trade Center; the murders of Lee Rigby, Theo Van Gogh, Daniel Pearl, Nick Berg, Ilan Halimi, and countless other attack and threats, how can we honestly expect people not to be "Islamophobic"? It would appear we have no one to blame but ourselves.
If we Muslims are actually opposed to these Islamist hate preachers, why are we failing to take a unanimous public stance against them, to disown and isolate them from our community? If one dispassionately examines facts, it seems possible that if "Islamophobia" exists in the U.K., then perhaps we Muslims are to blame for it.
Islam and Human Rights
Some of the proponents of Islam and Islamic laws would point out that the ideology and religion of Islam sit at the heart of human rights standards and are totally compatible with the modern notion of human rights. But when I delve into the issue, and going into the nuances and details of the question, they seem to dodge answering. Article three of the universal declaration of human rights, states that “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.” But in Islamic countries, a person who rejects and abandons Islam has no right to life. According to Islam, unbelievers commit the gravest sin in Islam.
Islamists are rising in America while we sleep
We are indeed witnessing the rise of Islamists in America. How has it come to this, that such a small minority has gained such a powerful political voice and influence? How is it that an organization like the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is even allowed to exist in our Republic?
It’s simple, we have become so damn politically correct that a vile organization that was an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest Islamic terrorist funding case in America can thumb its nose and by intimidation and coercion deny free speech and freedom of expression in our country. We have fallen under the spell of the bumper sticker “coexist” and have failed to heed the lessons of history.
Information suggests that al-Qaeda and its affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks against U.S. interests in multiple regions, including Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics including suicide operations, assassinations, kidnappings, hijackings, and bombings. State, in other words, and the whole political culture in Washington, of denial and appeasement, has brought this situation upon us
This book is a chronicle of the surprising inroads that Shariah, the guiding principles of Radical Islam, has made in American during the critical years of 2008 – 2013.
Radical Islam, also known as Political or Shariah Islam, has expanded onto every continent and with it Sharia-ism, the political movement of Radical Islam, whose goal of totalitarian control of every nation and people is incompatible with Western values of individual liberties and inalienable rights.
· Sharia-ism is about politics, not religion.
· Sharia-ism is about total control, not simply destruction or terrorism.
· Sharia-ism ,like Communism, Nazism, and Fascism before it, is propelled by leaders who govern absolutely by shutting down freedom of speech, religion, and equal justice before the law.
In this resource book, you will learn how uninformed United States leaders in our justice, prison and intelligence departments, politicians, corporate executives and college presidents, are enabling Sharia-ism in America. You will also read that European and Canadian governments are doing a quick reversal of their earlier Sharia tolerance. For the past two years, debate about Sharia-ism in these regions has been fierce, and in its wake, laws are rapidly being passed to curb Sharia advances.
Paul Weston at Kent University 9 April 2014
A Russian dissident living in London said: “I have lived your future and you’re not going to like it.”
Pat Condell – Two Videos
Time to start suing Muslims for causing the civilized world to be perpetually offended.
A Cure for Islamophobia!
The lie of the century. Who is to blame for "Islamophobia" in the UK?
WISHING ALL OUR MEMBERS
This week, Jewish families and friends have been celebrating Passover, a tradition rich in symbolism and meaning. Its observance reminds all of us that the struggle for freedom and the battle against oppression waged by Jews since ancient times is one shared by people everywhere. And Christians have been commemorating the last momentous days leading to the crucifixion of Jesus 2,000 years ago. Both observances tell of sacrifice and pain but also of hope and triumph.
As we look around us today, we still find human pain and suffering, but we also see it answered with individual courage and spirit, strengthened by the unifying power of faith and hope and resilience, enabling the human spirit to overcome great obstacles.
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