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Tag: Global Commentary — Sage @ 6:52 pm
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Sep 01, 2014 01:17 am | Robert Spencer
Islamic supremacist academic propagandist Hatem “Hate ‘em” Bazian, a professor of “Islamophobia” at (where else?) the University of California Berkeley, has equated the Boston jihad bombings with “Islamophobia” and, several years ago, called for an “intifada” in the U.S. Tonight he is enraged that Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has dared to affirm Israel’s right to […]
Aug 31, 2014 11:30 pm | Robert Spencer
Abu Yahya ash Shami has been reported as having been killed waging jihad for the Islamic State, so it is unclear who this new commander really is, but if he is indeed Australian, he highlights one of the West’s most important new exports: jihad terrorists. “Sydney jihadist named commander of Iraqi Islamic State unit,” The […]
Aug 31, 2014 06:21 pm | Robert Spencer
“Denmark is not my country. The Muslims’ country is the caliphate and inshallah there will soon be an attack here. Denmark should prepare itself. It is an open war now. ISIS has said that all infidels should be battled. They should be eliminated and soon it will be Denmark’s turn.” Yet again we see a […]
Aug 31, 2014 06:12 pm | Robert Spencer
Five and a half years of Obama, and the jihadis are at the border. Remember when he first took office, and the mainstream media was actually running reports confidently predicting that because of Obama, jihad terror would soon end? “Fort Bliss amps up security over holiday weekend,” Associated Press, August 31, 2014 (thanks to Kenneth): […]
Aug 31, 2014 05:53 pm | Robert Spencer
“American personnel evacuated the area roughly a month ago amid ongoing fighting in the country.” Obama’s foreign policy has been a catastrophic failure, and it is only going to get worse. The only people who don’t know this are Americans, because the mainstream media doesn’t tell them. “Islamic militia group says it has ‘secured’ US […]
Aug 31, 2014 05:41 pm | Robert Spencer
It’s scandalous enough that this aged clown addressed a Hamas-linked Muslim Brotherhood group, but even worse is that the mainstream media has no problem with it all — it’s indicative of how mainstream Islamic supremacism has become. Meanwhile, Carter showed his ignorance with fulsome references to the Qur’an and Islamic doctrine that show that he […]
Aug 31, 2014 05:24 pm | Robert Spencer
How far gone is Britain? Practically every day there are new revelations that boggle the mind. As that unhappy land collapses into chaos, civil war, and jihad violence in the streets, its intelligentsia can settle into their bunkers secure in the knowledge that they were never “racist” or “Islamophobic.” “Revealed: Islamic State’s ‘banker’ was director […]
Aug 31, 2014 05:10 pm | Robert Spencer
Yet another convert embraces a form of Islam that Muslim leaders in the West profess to reject and abhor. Why can’t these leaders ensure that converts to Islam are taught the religion properly? “Revealed: How Sally Jones of Chatham went from being all-girl rock band member to ‘wife of ISIS jihadi fanatic who threatens to […]
Aug 31, 2014 04:51 pm | Robert Spencer
CNN thinks a debate between Jew-haters Reza Aslan and Peter Beinart offers balanced insight into the conflict between Israel and the “Palestinian” jihadis, and would rather take the gaspipe than give a fair platform to a counter-jihadist, but they have no problem featuring this pro-jihad Muslim cleric who gleefully celebrates the 9/11 jihad mass murders. […]
Aug 31, 2014 10:49 am | Robert Spencer
1,400 British non-Muslim children were gang-raped and brutalized by Muslims in one city alone, and “several staff described their nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of perpetrators for fear of being thought as racist; others remembered clear direction from their managers not to do so.” In the Telegraph today, Sean Thomas asks the question: We […]
Aug 31, 2014 10:25 am | Robert Spencer
The Obama Administration famously refused to designate the Fort Hood jihad massacre as terrorism. A lawyer for the victims says: “It’s just yet another piece of evidence demonstrating that the government really has been lying about Hasan and his motivation for years.” This is true; the government has indeed been lying, and this is more […]
Aug 31, 2014 07:37 am | Robert Spencer
“When you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks…” (Qur’an 47:4) This reads like the story of a Roman martyr from the second century: “Boko Haram beheaded six-year-old Christian boy, group reports,” Christian Today, August 28, 2014 (thanks to The Religion of Peace): It was revealed this week that Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram beheaded a […]
Aug 31 2014
Russian soldiers and Ukrainian soldiers are now shooting at each other in eastern Ukraine. Could this conflict ultimately lead us down the road to World War 3?
This week, a very robust force of “tanks, artillery and infantry” has opened up a “third front” in the Ukrainian civil war in a part of southeastern Ukraine that had not seen much fighting yet.
Exhausted Ukrainian forces are suddenly being pushed back rapidly and many outsiders are wondering how the nearly defeated rebels were able to muster such impressive military strength all of a sudden. But it really isn’t much of a mystery. The tanks, artillery and infantry came from inside Russia.
In recent days, Ukrainian units have captured ten Russian paratroopers and there have even been funerals for Russian paratroopers that have been killed in action back home in Russia. Even though it has become exceedingly obvious that Russia is now conducting a stealth invasion of Ukraine, Vladimir Putin is still choosing to deny it.
But if he did publicly admit it, that would be even more dangerous. Barack Obama would be forced into a position of either having to do something about the Russian invasion or look weak in the eyes of the public. And as the Russians have already shown, they are more than willing to match any move that the Obama administration makes.
There has already been much written about who is to blame for all of this, and I am sure that much more will be written about who is to blame in the future. The western world is blaming “Russian aggression” for the mess in Ukraine.
In return, the Russians point out that it was westerners that funded and organized the groups that violently overthrew the democratically-elected government of Ukraine. To the Russians, the current government of Ukraine is made up of neo-Nazi terrorist usurpers that are attempting to brutally oppress millions of ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine.
So the Russians seem themselves as “the good guys” in this conflict and so does the western world. But that is how most wars start. Both sides usually feel morally justified at the start of a conflict.
In the final analysis, however, is it really going to matter very much who was “right” and who was “wrong” if the end result is World War 3?
If the rebels in eastern Ukraine had been able to defeat the Kiev government forces on their own, Putin probably would have been content to let them do that. But instead, they had been pushed back to two major cities and seemed on the verge of defeat.
But now it is the Ukrainian forces that are experiencing “panic and wholesale retreat”…
Tanks, artillery and infantry have crossed from Russia into an unbreached part of eastern Ukraine in recent days, attacking Ukrainian forces and causing panic and wholesale retreat not only in this small border town but a wide swath of territory, in what Ukrainian and Western military officials are calling a stealth invasion.
The attacks outside this city and in an area to the north essentially have opened a new, third front in the war in eastern Ukraine between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists, along with the fighting outside the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk.
How is this happening?
It is the Russians of course.
In fact, if you talk to Ukrainian soldiers, they are very clear on who they are fighting now…
“I tell you they are Russians, but this is what proof I have,” said Sgt. Aleksei Panko, holding up his thumb and index finger to form a zero. Sergeant Panko estimated about 60 armored vehicles crossed near Novoazovsk. “This is what happened: they crossed the border, took up positions and started shooting.”
The Ukrainian Vinnytsia brigade met the cross-border advance over the six miles of countryside separating Novoazovsk from the Russian border, but later retreated to the western edge of town along the Rostov-Mariupol highway, where soldiers were collapsed in exhaustion on the roadside. “This is now a war with Russia,” Sergeant Panko said.
And as I mentioned above, Ukrainian forces have even captured ten Russian paratroopers. Rather than denying who they are, the Russian government is claiming that they wandered into Ukraine by mistake…
Ten Russian soldiers were detained in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, that country’s Security Service said Tuesday, as tensions simmered over the conflict between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels.
The Russian soldiers were captured with documents and weapons on them, the Security Service said.
Moscow has repeatedly denied claims by Kiev that it has sent troops and weapons over the border into Ukraine, where the Ukrainian military is fighting pro-Russian rebels.
Russia’s state-run RIA Novosti news agency cited a source in the Russian Defense Ministry as saying the soldiers had been patrolling the border and “most likely crossed by accident” at an unmarked point.
The denials that Russian forces are actively operating inside eastern Ukraine have become so absurd that even some in the Russian press are openly questioning them. For example, just check out this excerpt from a USA Today article that was posted on Wednesday…
Vedomosti, a liberal business daily, published an editorial Wednesday on events in Ukraine under the headline, “Are We Fighting?”
It noted the recent capture of the Russian soldiers on Ukrainian territory and reports of “mysterious funerals” of Russian soldiers, some of whom are officially counted dying during training exercises.
“The number of questions that hang in the air of the dead and detained Russian troops on the territory of Ukraine has reached a critical number. Does Russia fight in Ukraine and, if so, on what grounds? If not, then who is in those freshly dug graves or giving testimony at SBU (Russian Security service) interrogations?”
A Bloomberg editorial contained some more details about the “mystery funerals” that have been taking place inside Russia…
One such burial, of two soldiers, took place in the village of Vybuty near Pskov in northwestern Russia, where an airborne division is based. Efforts to conceal the deaths produced a fiasco. Though the wife of one paratrooper had reported his death on the Vkontakte social network, when a reporter, Ilya Vasyunin of the Russian Planet website, called the wife’s phone number, a woman who answered stated that the paratrooper was alive and well.
Two reporters, from Russian Planet and TV Dozhd, who visited the cemetery where the two fresh graves had been seen were immediately attacked by men in black tracksuits. Local journalists, however, succeeded in photographing the graves. According to the independent TV Dozhd, the soldiers’ names and wreaths have been removed from the graves.
There are other reports of paratrooper funerals, which are hard to conceal. Soldiers have grieving families who do not necessarily share the authorities’ desire for deception. In any case, Ukrainian troops have captured some Russian paratroopers. For the first time since the conflict began in March, they were able to record interviews with them.
Sadly, most Americans are not paying much attention to this conflict.
Most Americans are not really going to care much about a war on the other side of the planet that does not directly involve us.
But they should care.
Because things are about to escalate to a level that we rarely saw even during the darkest moments of the Cold War. Relations between the United States and Russia are spiraling downhill, and that could end up having a huge impact on all of our lives.
For example, in my previous article entitled “Russia Is Doing It – Russia Is Actually Abandoning The Dollar”, I discussed how this tug of war over Ukraine was causing Russia to think about moving away from the petrodollar. Well, it turns out that now the Russians are actually taking concrete steps toward abandoning the petrodollar for good…
The Russian oil company Gazprom Neft has agreed to export 80,000 tons of oil from Novoportovskoye field in the Arctic; it will accept payment in rubles, and will also deliver oil via the Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean pipeline (ESPO), accepting payment in Chinese yuan for the transfers, the Russian business daily Kommersant reported Wednesday.
The Russian government and several of the country’s largest exporters have widely discussed the possibility of accepting payments in rubles for oil exports.
Last week, Russia began to ship oil from the Novoportovskoye field to Europe by sea. Two oil tankers are expected to arrive in Europe in September. According to Kommersant, the payment for these shipments will be received in rubles.
That is huge news, but you probably haven’t heard a thing about it on the big mainstream news networks.
Meanwhile, one thing that you probably have heard about is how “Russian hackers” attacked JPMorgan Chase earlier this month…
Russian hackers attacked the U.S. financial system in mid-August, infiltrating and stealing data from JPMorgan Chase & Co. and at least one other bank, an incident the FBI is investigating as a possible retaliation for government-sponsored sanctions, according to two people familiar with the probe.
The attack resulted in the loss of gigabytes of sensitive data, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the probe is still preliminary. Authorities are investigating whether recent infiltrations of major European banks using a similar vulnerability are also linked to the attack, one of the people said.
As relations between the United States and Russia continue to decline precipitously, both sides will be looking for ways to hurt one another.
And that won’t be good for any of us.
So let us hope that cooler heads prevail.
But ultimately, this current conflict could end up taking us to a destination that the Cold War never did.
World War 3 will probably not happen next week, next month or even next year, but right now we are on a road which could eventually lead to the unthinkable.
Let us pray that our politicians are able to find the exit ramp at some point.
Read more at http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/2014/August29/291.html#wxMraTRLjeGptDqG.99
Aug 31 2014
In a radio broadcast in October 1939, Winston Churchill said, “I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.”
The same could be said of China. It is also an enigma. One the one hand, China wants to be part of the world community. It is reaching out in promoting peace efforts in the Middle East, negotiating with Iran to move it from being a pariah among nations to an acceptable partner with the West. At the same time, it is making aggressive non-peaceful moves against its neighbors: with Taiwan on its home waters, with Japan on some disputed islands in the South China Sea, with Vietnam on natural resources both claim off Hanoi’s coast.
Their key lies in their past. China is one of the world’s four ancient civilizations. Its history encompasses more than 5000 years of Chinese history, including the Great Wall. The written history of China can be said to date back to the Shang Dynasty (1600–1046 BC), over 3,000 years ago. The first dynasty was founded in the 21st century B.C., and China was first unified in 221 B.C.
China can also lay claim to four great inventions of ancient China: papermaking, gunpowder, printing techniques and the compass. Those inventions were first attributed to China by British sinologist Dr Joseph Needham (1900–1995), which was later widely accepted by Chinese historians. These inventions of ancient China enormously promoted the development of China’s economy, politics and culture, which were introduced to the Western countries through various channels and had a substantial influence on world civilization.
It was only after a long and expensive period of exploration around the world did China retreat into itself. Chinese sailors traversed the world from 2 B.C. until the 15th century AD. It travelled from China to India and Europe and there is evidence to suggest that China also explored both North and South America before Columbus came across the continents.
Their final foray out into the world came over 100 years before Martin Luther nailed his Ninety Five Theses on the church door at Wittenburg. Between 1405 and 1433, Ming China sent out seven gigantic naval expeditions under the command of Zheng He, the great eunuch admiral (Note: a eunuch didn’t necessarily mean a man who was castrated, though that could have been the case. A Eunuch also was a title given to a man high office and trust of the emperor.). These expeditions traveled along the Indian Ocean trade routes as far as Arabia and the coast of East Africa. The Ming admiral and his treasure fleet were not engaged in a voyage of exploration, for one simple reason: the Chinese already knew about the ports and countries around the Indian Ocean. In fact, both Zheng He’s father and grandfather used the honorific hajji, an indication that they had performed their ritual pilgrimage to Mecca, on the Arabian Peninsula. Zheng He was not sailing off into the unknown.
The voyages of the Treasure Fleet were meant to display Chinese might to all the kingdoms and trade ports of the Indian Ocean world, and to bring back exotic toys and novelties for the emperor. In other words, Zheng He’s enormous junks were intended to shock and awe other Asian principalities into offering tribute to the Ming.
However, in 1433, the emperor called off the expeditions, due to their enormous expense and called the fleet back. Having almost bankrupted the treasury and subsequently causing civil unrest, the Hongle Emperor burned the treasure ships on their return and forbade anyone from undertaking another voyage. From that point until 1842, China retreated into itself and had almost no contact with the outside world.
It is tempting to imagine what if the Chinese had continued to patrol the Indian Ocean? What if Vasco da Gama’s four little Portuguese caravels had run into a stupendous fleet of more than 250 Chinese junks of various sizes, but all of them larger than the Portuguese flagship? How would world history have been different, if Ming China had ruled the waves in 1497–98?
A Long Memory
China closed it borders to the West, but there still was some trade. While China bought nothing from the West, Chinese goods, particularly silk, spices and tea were in high demand in European countries. The market for Western goods in China was virtually non-existent.
British diplomat George Macartney’s 1793 mission to Beijing brought with him a “very extensive selection of specimens of all the articles we make both for ornament and use.” By displaying such a selection to the emperor, court and people, Macartney’s embassy would learn what the Chinese wanted.
The emperor accepted Macartney’s gifts, and quite liked some of them, but saw the trade expedition as one of tribute, not trade. The imperial court saw a visit from the representatives of King George as something similar in kind to the opportunities the emperor’s Ministry of Rituals provided for envoys from Korea and Vietnam to express their respect and devotion to the Ruler of All Under Heaven. The emperor could never conceive the suggestion that the Son of Heaven and King George were equals.
One product the British did perceive the Chinese consumers did want; highly addictive opium. While this too was banned by the Emperor, smuggling of the drug was rampant. The number of opium addicts increased, which greatly concerned successive emperors. This triggered what is known as the Opium Wars In 1842, the Treaty of Nanking—the first of what the Chinese later called the unequal treaties, opened five treaty ports, ceded Hong Kong Island to Britain and forcibly opened China to Western trade. The failure of the treaty to satisfy British goals of improved trade and diplomatic relations led to the Second Opium War (1856–60). The war is now considered in China as the beginning of modern Chinese history.
It also marked the period of Western dominance of the Middle Kingdom. This dominance lasted almost 100 years and ended with the Chinese Communist Revolution of 1949. The revolution was the culmination of the Chinese Communist Party’s drive to power since its founding in 1921.
A nation in a quandary
China is still a nation suspicious of outsiders, especially the West. At the same time though, they want certain deference and the influence that befits their nation’s stature and economic power. China wants the conditions that have helped it grow to remain in place, but at the same time it wants its place on the world’s stage.
China’s leadership is facing a contradiction; it is caught between change and continuity at home as it tries to keep its grip on a society which has transformed itself socially almost as fast as it has grown economically. This contradiction is made more dangerous by the fact that China has a belligerent form of nationalism and ruled over by men who respond to every perceived threat and slight with disproportionate defensiveness.
China is building airstrips on disputed islands in the South China Sea, moving oil rigs into disputed waters and redefining its airspace with the hope that the world will see these moves as an acknowledgement it sees as it’s due.
This could make for a diplomatic crisis with its neighbors and the United States. Put together China’s desire to join the ranks of the world powers and America’s determination not to let that disrupt its national interests and makes for a rivalry that can prove to be very dangerous for everyone.
Shi Yinhong, of Renmin University in Beijing, one of China’s most eminent foreign-policy commentators, says that, five years ago, he was sure that China could rise peacefully, as it says it wants to. Now, he says, he is not so sure.
- Chinese treasure ship
- 1421: The Year China Discovered America
- Opium Wars Revisited: Will China Corner The Gold Market?
The Rising China: Essential Disposition, Secular Grand Strategy, and Current Prime Problems
— Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA
Aug 31 2014
Important News Headlines
Captured Russian troops ‘in Ukraine by accident’ - August 26, 2014
Ten Russian soldiers captured in eastern Ukraine crossed the border “by accident”, Russian military sources are quoted as saying. Ukraine has released video interviews of some of the seized paratroopers. The incident comes as the Ukrainian and Russian leaders have held their first-ever bilateral talks in Belarus.
Do we live in a 2-D hologram? New Fermilab experiment will test the nature of the universe - August 26, 2014
A unique experiment at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory called the Holometer has started collecting data that will answer some mind-bending questions about our universe – including whether we live in a hologram. Much like characters on a television show would not know that their seemingly 3-D world exists only on a 2-D screen, we could be clueless that our 3-D space is just an illusion. The information about everything in our universe could actually be encoded in tiny packets in two dimensions.
Calif. governor signs smartphone ‘kill switch’ bill into law - August 25, 2014
Gov. Jerry Brown signed the so-called “kill switch” bill — introduced in February by State Sen. Mark Leno and sponsored by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon — on Monday, after it passed the state legislature earlier this month. A smartphone kill switch enables an owner to lock down a phone if it is stolen, rendering it inoperable. A spokesperson from Brown’s office said the governor was not available for comment. (Will the government be able to kill a smartphone without the user’s permission?
‘Robo Brain’ will teach robots everything from the Internet - August 25, 2014
Robo Brain – a large-scale computational system that learns from publicly available Internet resources – is currently downloading and processing about 1 billion images, 120,000 YouTube videos, and 100 million how-to documents and appliance manuals. The information is being translated and stored in a robot-friendly format that robots will be able to draw on when they need it.
French Economy Minister: Enough With German Austerity - August 25, 2014
Deficit-reduction measures carried out since the 2008 financial crisis have crippled Europe’s economies and governments need to change course swiftly or they will lose their voters to populist and extremist parties, Montebourg told a socialists’ meeting in eastern France.
Aug 31 2014
Aug 30, 2014 08:24 pm | Robert Spencer
Where did he get this idea? Was any effort made by the Muslims in Canada who converted him to Islam to explain to him that Islam was a Religion of Peace and Tolerance? Or did they themselves give him this understanding of Islam? Authorities ought to be investigating these questions, but they probably aren’t, as […]
Aug 30, 2014 07:11 pm | Robert Spencer
Remember: Christians in the West are not to speak of such things. To do so would harm the “dialogue”: “Talk about extreme, militant Islamists and the atrocities that they have perpetrated globally might undercut the positive achievements that we Catholics have attained in our inter-religious dialogue with devout Muslims.” — Robert McManus, Roman Catholic Bishop […]
Aug 30, 2014 11:31 am | Robert Spencer
Kathy Shaidle’s comment on this appalling piece is excellent: “I would die before I would repeat those words under any circumstances. And yes, there is a ‘peaceful verse for every violent one.’ However, Muslims use abrogation to decide which verses are more authoritative. The later violent (‘sword’) verses cancel out the earlier, peaceful ones. ‘The […]
Aug 30, 2014 10:50 am | Robert Spencer
Turan Dursun was “a former mufti and imam and an open critic of Islam who fought for a freer and more humane world despite pressures from the state, the public, and even his own father, whose dream was to see him become a devoted cleric.” He lived in Turkey. He was, as was tragically predictable, […]
Aug 30, 2014 10:23 am | Robert Spencer
Jocelyne Cesari is “senior research fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University, and director of the Islam in the West Program at Harvard University.” In this piece she epitomizes what is wrong with academic discourse about Islam today: she doesn’t even mention the blazingly obvious reason for “the […]
Aug 30, 2014 09:47 am | Robert Spencer
A jihad attack? On the border? Why, those feds are racist Islamophobes! I thought those bigots had all been purged from law enforcement and intelligence agencies! “Imminent Terrorist Attack Warning By Feds on US Border,” Judicial Watch, August 29, 2014 (thanks to Pamela Geller): Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of […]
Aug 30, 2014 09:29 am | Robert Spencer
Riotous. Watch it all.
Aug 30, 2014 09:22 am | Robert Spencer
Over at Catholic Answers I clear away another set of detours, diversions and deceptions: Catholic apologists keep very busy clearing up common misconceptions about the Faith: explaining how the Church’s teaching, practice, and history are misunderstood—or willfully misrepresented—by its opponents. Islam, too, has its apologists. They also claim that many critiques of the Muslim religion […]
Aug 30, 2014 08:57 am | Robert Spencer
They’re misunderstanding Islam early and often in Europe these days, and the new and noxious legitimization of anti-Semitism (in the guise of opposition to Israel) has given rise to mass murder plots of this kind. And there will be more. “Two Teenage Girls Arrested Over French Synagogue Suicide Bomb Plot,” by Madeline Grant, Newsweek, August […]
Aug 30, 2014 08:47 am | Robert Spencer
This piece was written by a Hindu human rights activist who has seen the devastation of jihad in India. Warning: extremely graphic images at the link. “ISIS beheading children and women (after stripping naked) -parallels Hindu Story,” Satya Blog, August 26, 2014: From the advent of Islam, it is the brutality that was used to […]
Aug 30, 2014 08:34 am | Robert Spencer
That pays for a lot of knives, guns and bombs. We all know that what they do has nothing to do with Islam, but it looks as if these misunderstanders of Islam are going to be around for awhile. “ISIS makes more than $2 million daily in oil sales,” Al Arabiya, August 28, 2014: Militants […]
Aug 30, 2014 08:28 am | Robert Spencer
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Aug 29, 2014 04:44 pm | Robert Spencer
According to the FBI, there are “eight types of domestic extremist movements—none motivated by radical Islam. They include anti-government militia groups and white supremacy extremists, along with ‘sovereign citizen’ nationalists, and anarchists. Other domestic threat groups outlined by the FBI assessment include violent animal rights and environmentalist extremists, black separatists, anti- and pro-abortion activists, and […]
Aug 29, 2014 10:37 am | Robert Spencer
“I just don’t understand it, Theresa.” “What, David? What don’t you understand, luv?” “The ingratitude, innit? The base, black, bold ingratitude. Think of it: We hounded counter-jihadists domestically and banned Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer from coming in from the U.S. We worked with Islamic supremacists that we pretended were ‘moderates,’ allowing them to gain […]
Aug 29, 2014 10:13 am | Robert Spencer
“Dr. Farouk El-Baz is director of the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston University. He served as science adviser to President Anwar Sadat of Egypt.” In this Boston Herald op-ed, he offers something we have seen before: a Muslim denunciation of the Islamic State that glosses over or ignores altogether the Islamic justifications for the […]
Aug 29, 2014 09:37 am | Robert Spencer
According to Islamic law, Muslim men can take “captives of the right hand” (Qur’an 4:3, 4:24, 33:50). The Qur’an says: “O Prophet! Lo! We have made lawful unto thee thy wives unto whom thou hast paid their dowries, and those whom thy right hand possesseth of those whom Allah hath given thee as spoils of […]
Aug 29, 2014 09:26 am | Robert Spencer
With so many Islamic authorities condemning the Islamic State, albeit in vague and non-specific terms, it is noteworthy that it has received so much help from elements in Turkey and Saudi Arabia. There are obviously many people in both countries who believe that what the Islamic State is doing is perfectly Islamic, and to be […]
Aug 29, 2014 09:10 am | Robert Spencer
“This recipe gives you the ability to make a car bomb even in countries with tight security and surveillance.” And we have already seen a car bomb that cam very close to exploding and murdering untold numbers of people in Times Square. This is only a matter of time, but remember: to oppose it and […]
Aug 29, 2014 08:41 am | Robert Spencer
It would be refreshing if even one of those who are condemning the Islamic State would explain how this misunderstanding of Islam spread to so many people all over the world. But they never will do so, and the mainstream media will never ask them to. “Daesh terrorist acts have no link with Islam: Mufti […]
Aug 29, 2014 08:36 am | Robert Spencer
Muhammad commanded: “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him” (Bukhari 9.84.57). This is still the position of all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence, both Sunni and Shi’ite. Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the most renowned and prominent Muslim cleric in the world, has stated: “The Muslim jurists are unanimous that apostates must be punished, yet they […]
Aug 29, 2014 08:27 am | Robert Spencer
This story is circulating around today, but not at the major news outlets; it may not be accurate at all and should be treated with reserve. It does exemplify, however, how Islamic proselytizing in prison focuses on people who are angry and feel as if they have been treated unjustly, and channels their anger in […]
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