(Reuters) - U.S. crude oil imports from Canada hit a record high of nearly 3 million barrels per day in the week ended Sept. 12, U.S. Energy Information Administration data showed on Wednesday.
The weekly data showed Canada, the top supplier of crude to the United States, exported 2.994 million barrels of crude to its southern neighbour. That was a 20 percent increase on the same period a year earlier.
The four-week average to Sept. 12 was 2.932 million bpd.
Canada has been able to ship more crude to the United States as production in the Alberta oil sands rises despite tight capacity on export pipelines, due in part to the emergence of crude-by-rail...
(Reuters) - U.S. crude oil imports from Canada hit a record high of nearly 3 million barrels per day in the week ended Sept. 12, U.S. Energy Information Administration data showed on Wednesday.
"...Understanding and criticizing the doctrine of Islam—and finding some way to inspire Muslims to reform it—is one of the most important challenges the civilized world now faces. But the task isn’t as simple as discrediting the false doctrines of Muslim “extremists,” because most of their views are not false by the light of scripture. A hatred of infidels is arguably the central message of the Koran. The reality of martyrdom and the sanctity of armed jihad are about as controversial under Islam as the resurrection of Jesus is under Christianity. It is not an accident that millions of Muslims recite the shahadah or make pilgrimage to Mecca. Neither is it an accident that horrific footage of infidels and apostates being decapitated has become a popular form of pornography throughout the Muslim world. Each of these practices, including this ghastly method of murder, find explicit support in scripture."
KENORA, Ont. -- With the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg set to open its doors to the public this Friday, the people of Shoal Lake 40 First Nation have decided to open a museum of their own: the Museum of Canadian Human Rights Violations.
The Treaty 3 First Nation intends to turn its isolated reserve community into a "living museum" where it will offer guided tours to showcase its century of difficulties, ever since the peninsula it was situated on was turned into an island as part of the construction of an aqueduct which provides the City of Winnipeg with most of its drinking water.
The gas chambers at the Sobibor death camp, where some 250,000 Jews perished between April 1942 and October 1943, have been uncovered in an archaeological dig, bringing to a close an eight-year search, Yad Vashem announced on Wednesday.
“Finally, we have reached our goal – the discovery of the gas chambers. We were amazed at the size of the building and the well-preserved condition of the chamber walls,” Israeli archaeologist Yoram Haimi, whose two uncles were killed in the camp, was quoted as saying in a press release.
In addition to the thousands of personal effects belonging to the Jewish inmates that have been unearthed in past years, last week the archaeological team found a water well used by the Jewish prisoners, which the Nazis filled with waste while dismantling the camp... (More photos at link)
More than 100 people gathered Monday evening at Western Sizzlin’ Steak House in Sallisaw to hear State Rep. John Bennett’s (R-Sallisaw) reasons for his stance on Muslims in the United States.
In recent days, Bennett has come under fire from members of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Conference of Churches for comments made on social media outlets advising people to be wary of American Muslims
Through video and excerpts taken from the Quran, Bennett defined Islam and Muslim.
“Islam is not a religion. Islam is a socio-political system that uses a deity to advance its agenda of global conquest,” quoted a slide by Elijah Abraham, a former Muslim.
“A Muslim is the person who is guided by the constitution of Islam. ISIS, CAIR and Hamas all fall under the umbrella of the Brotherhood of Muslims,” Bennett said.
(Reuters) - Tiny marine algae can evolve fast enough to cope with climate change in a sign that some ocean life may be more resilient than thought to rising temperatures and acidification, a study showed.
Evolution is usually omitted in scientific projections of how global warming will affect the planet in coming decades because genetic changes happen too slowly to help larger creatures such as cod, tuna or whales.
Sunday’s study found that a type of microscopic algae that can produce 500 generations a year - or more than one a day - can still thrive when exposed to warmer temperatures and levels of ocean acidification predicted for the mid-2100s.
The Emiliania huxleyi phytoplankton studied are a main source of food for fish and other ocean life and also absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, as they grow. Their huge blooms can sometimes be seen from space...
Codenames are an expected part of software development, with a lot of open source projects using one kind of codename or another.
But is it sexist to continually use female names for software projects? Beta News examines the latest use of a female name for version 17.1 of the Linux Mint distribution.
According to Betanews:
For some reason, people tend to name inanimate objects after women. Whether it’s something like a gun, car or guitar, some kind of feminine moniker may be attached. Sure, it is arguably sexist, but I would argue it isn't, since a negative connotation is not attached. People love cars, guns and guitars; the name is a term of endearment.Keep reading...
While I love guns and cars as much as the next guy, I also love technology. One of my favorite hobbies is tinkering with Linux and Mint is a distribution I use often. This distro is usually named after women, such as Lisa, Olivia, and Nadia to name a few. Today, the Linux Mint team announces the newest codename: Rebecca.
Writer and actor Jason Sifflet’s popular Saint Lucia-based Flogg Blog was taken down by Google for violating its terms of service before being restored last week.
The no-holds-barred, muckraking blog had become both notorious and controversial among people interested in local politics.
Sifflet, still considered an enfant terrible despite a career that spans nearly two decades, had a dedicated following and The Flogg Blog’s sudden demise has been a major topic of discussion in both mainstream and social media on the Caribbean island, with much speculation on what motivated the blog’s removal.
Norbert Williams believed the controversy will have a “Streisand effect”, making Sifflet’s work even more prominent...
ASIO and hundreds of police raid Sydney and Brisbane homes in biggest counter-terrorism raid in Australia’s history
ASIO and counter terrorism police have swooped on homes across north-western Sydney and other states this morning in what is believed to be the largest anti-terrorism bust in the nation’s history.
Several arrests have been made in the secret pre-dawn raid, which is still in progress.
More... Police swoop on Sydney, Brisbane homes in counter-terror raids
TORONTO - The head of Rob Ford's medical team provided an update on the mayor's condition today, saying the mayor has a malignant tumour.
Dr. Zane Cohen added he is "optimistic" despite the tumour being "aggressive".
Ford will require chemotherapy. He may also need radiation or surgery to treat what's been diagnosed as a pleomorphic liposarcoma, a rare type of cancer.
The cancer has also spread to an area near the mayor's hip.
The primary tumour is about 12cm x 12cm, with the second about 2cm x 2cm.
Ford has been in hospital for a week after doctors discovered a tumour in his abdomen.
The sudden health scare led to Ford dropping out of the mayor's race and instead signing up to run for city council in his old ward. His brother, Councillor Doug Ford, is now running for mayor in his place.
(Reuters) - Support for Islamic State increased after U.S. airstrikes began in Iraq and the militant group may take more hostages to try to force concessions from Washington, the FBI director told Congress on Wednesday.
Islamic State is “committed to instilling fear and attracting recruits” and to drawing public attention, as shown through its use of social media and in videos it released of the beheadings of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, said FBI Director James Comey.
“ISIL’s widespread use of social media and growing online support intensified following the commencement of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq,” Comey, using an acronym for the group, said in prepared testimony for a congressional hearing on threats to the U.S. homeland.
Islamic State and other outfits “may continue to try to capture American hostages in an attempt to force the U.S. government and people into making concessions that would only strengthen ISIL and further its terrorist operations,” Comey said.
Islamic State draws an estimated $1 million per day from black market oil sales, smuggling, robberies, and ransom payments for hostages, according to Matt Olsen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center...
A house thought to be the narrowest in Britain has gone on the market for a staggering £125,000.
The 4ft 10in terraced home is now up for sale after the owner of more than 20 years saw its value rocket this year.
Stuart Beckett, 52, fell in love with the property in Portsmouth, Hants, in 1993 and quickly snapped it up for £33,000.
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I cannot find any stories on this particular house (photo from the UK Telegraph pictures of the day) -- I did find one from earlier this month on a 7ft house: Seven-foot wide house goes on sale for £235,000 (It is not the same house, you can tell by the picture alone)
Housing shortage caused by mass immigration? Sure looks like it to me!
(Reuters) - At least nine imams were among 15 people arrested in Kosovo on Wednesday in the second major operation in weeks to try to stem the flow of young ethnic Albanians joining Islamist fighters in Iraq and Syria.
A police source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the 15 faced charges including “terrorism, threatening the constitutional order, incitement and religious hate speech.”
In the last such operation on Aug. 11, 40 people were arrested on suspicion of fighting in Iraq and Syria or recruiting insurgents.
Police said among the imams arrested was an influential Muslim cleric from the Grand Mosque in the capital Pristina. Another was the leader of an Islamic-rooted political party.
“The majority of those arrested are imams of different mosques belonging to the Islamic Community of Kosovo,” police spokesperson Baki Kelani said...
Bangladesh’s highest court on Wednesday commuted the death sentence on a top Islamic preacher, triggering angry protests by both his Islamist supporters and secular opponents and clashes with police.
In a surprise ruling, the Supreme Court said 74-year-old Delwar Hossain Sayedee should spend “the rest of his natural life” in jail for crimes during the 1971 liberation war with Pakistan.
Sayedee’s death penalty passed last year by a war-crimes tribunal triggered the deadliest political violence in the country’s history, and thousands of police were deployed before Wednesday's ruling.
“We had expected that the court would uphold his death sentence,” Attorney General Mahbubey Alam told AFP, adding that he was unhappy with the verdict.
Alam said Sayedee was a war criminal and “torturer of women” who had forcibly converted minority Hindus to Islam during the nine-month conflict, which led to the creation of Bangladesh from former East Pakistan...
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Killing, torture, forced conversions -- Islam in action!
No doubt that Islam, during its rapid spread in the early centuries (described as “peaceful” in many history books) made liberal use of the same techniques.
Note: Even a great many Muslims are angry over the memory of the 1971 war, as the fanatic Islamists did not support creating the new nation Bangladesh as it meant breaking up the “ummah.”
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has shocked the world with its beheadings and mass killings and now an alleged member has declared that the group relishes “drinking blood.”
Self-claimed ISIS militant Rabie Shehada, known as “the Palestinian slayer,” made the chilling statement in a video recently posted online.
“I swear we are a people who love death for the sake of God just as you love to live. I swear we are a people who love drinking blood. We came to slaughter you,” he said in the video.
“We love dying for God as much as you love life,” he also said in the brief footage.
The 26-year-old militant is believed to be from Nazareth, a city in northern Israel with a predominantly Arab population, according to an Al Arabiya correspondent...
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Note that he started his career in the “moderate” Free Syrian Army before switching to ISIS.
Spoiled or possibly sabotaged measles vaccine has killed as many as 50 children in insurgent-held areas of northwestern Syria, forcing a suspension of a large-scale vaccination campaign intended to stop the spread of measles, mumps, rubella and polio, volunteer medical organizations reported on Wednesday.
The victims, some of them just infants, apparently all died on Tuesday, mostly concentrated in the cities of Jarjanaz and Sinjar in Idlib Province, an area controlled by forces opposed to President Bashar al-Assad. These opposition forces have sought to function as an interim government and provide basic health care services, including inoculations and vaccinations to children, given the collapse of Syria’s public health care system since the civil war began more than three years ago.
A Yemini-born US man was indicted on Sept. 16 for allegedly providing material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) by recruiting members for the jihadist group.
Mufid Elfgeeh, a naturalized US citizen, attempted to draft three individuals, two of whom worked in conjunction with the FBI as informants, into the services of the ISIS organization.
The resident of Rochester, New York, was also charged with one count of attempted murder of current and former US military, having plotted to shoot and kill members returned from Iraq, according to the indictment.
In 2013 and early 2014, Elfgeeh, 30, encouraged and helped prepare the two confidential sources “to travel overseas to engage in violent jihad,” a statement from the Department of Justice said.
He also sent $600 to an individual in Yemen for travel to Syria to join the ISIS fight...
"Pope Francis reportedly plans on removing Cardinal Raymond Burke from head of the Apostolic Signatura (Vatican "Supreme Court") and relegating him to the largely ceremonial role as head of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta."
The leading imam in the U.S. city of Minneapolis has condemned the beheading of hostages by Islamic State militants, saying the practice is “not Islamic.”
Sheikh Abdirahman Sheikh Omar told VOA’s Somali service that under Islamic law, captives have rights and should not be killed because of their nationality.
He compared the Islamic State to the Somali extremist group al-Shabab, saying the militants are damaging Islam more than they are attracting people to the faith...
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Then you had better change your Koran since that is where ISIS is getting its instructions.
While many Muslim governments, from Saudi Arabia to Qatar, are now joining forces with the United States to fight against this new threat in Iraq and Syria, it is worth asking again whether there is enough outcry from religious opinion-leaders against IS.
My answer is: No, there is not enough outcry against IS by moderate Muslims. But this is not because these Muslims are sympathetic to the group's actions. Rather, they cannot accept that the horrors perpetrated by IS have anything to do with Islam. They explain the group away as a Western conspiracy and condemn the West for creating such puppets.
The logic behind this view, which is found not only in Turkey but the Muslim world in general, can be followed in a few steps:
- Extremist groups like IS and its ilk are doing horrible things in the name of Islam.
- True Muslims would never do such things.
- Therefore the extremists must be fake Muslims manufactured by outside forces who have evil intentions about Islam.
Rejecting the term “Islamic terrorism,” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has slammed the New York Times for a recent story claiming Turkey is one of the biggest sources of recruits for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) militants.
“A newspaper used a photo yesterday, showing us leaving the Hacı Bayram Mosque [in Ankara]. They used this photo for a story about ISIS. With the lightest expression, this is shamelessness, sordidness and ignobleness,” Erdoğan said while addressing the Chamber of Turkish Tradesmen and Craftsmen’s (TESK) general assembly on Sept. 17.
The New York Times reported that some 100 people have joined the ranks of ISIS from the Hacı Bayram Veli Mosque in Ankara, indicating that its locals tried to approach Erdoğan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu to raise the issue of ISIS recruitment when the two went to the historic mosque in the neighborhood.
“We are the country that has paid the heaviest price while fighting terrorism,” he added, referring to Turkey’s 30-year struggle against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been instrumental in stopping ISIS’s advance on the battlefield in Syria and Iraq...
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Erdoğan on a rant! He is very “excitable.”
13 dead, 34 wounded in shooting, blast in Kano College as Boko Haram enacts Islamic education reform
At least 13 people were killed and 34 others wounded when police fought a battle with suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers in Kano, northern Nigeria, the state’s police chief said on Wednesday.
Kano State police commissioner Adelere Shinaba said the gunmen, whom he described as “insurgents”, ran onto the grounds of the Federal College of Education after exchanging fire with police outside.
‘We don't need your f*****g Union, Miliband!’ Labour leader is hounded out of Edinburgh shopping centre
Labour leader Ed Miliband was today hounded out of an Edinburgh shopping centre as a campaign walkabout became overrun by protesters.
He was repeatedly branded a “f***ing liar” by Yes campaigners who drowned out his supporters with cries of “bow down to your imperial master.”
Mr Miliband pleaded for a “civilized” debate with two days of campaigning left before the referendum, before being rushed out of the door by his aides, who were left “visibly shaken” by the incident.
At one point he became trapped outside a hairdressers called “Supercuts,” leading opponents to chant: “Vote No for Supercuts, vote No for permanent austerity”...
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...One could go on forever about the deceptiveness of the Jews.
They are liars.
They allow cannibalism, and the eating of human flesh.
Check their Talmud and religious sources.
On their religious holidays, if they cannot find a Muslim to slaughter, and use drops of his blood to knead the matzos they eat, they slaughter a Christian in order to take drops of his blood, and mix it into the matzos that they eat on that holiday...
To understand Isil, Europe must remember its own religious history
How do we win the battle of hearts and minds against Isil, Boris Johnson asked on these pages yesterday? Well, comes one obvious answer, by pointing out that they do nasty things to anyone they perceive as their enemy. This is the tack taken by the US State Department’s latest video, aimed at US Muslims at risk of radicalisation. The 70-second video points out that anyone who signs up with Isil is likely to find himself complicit in the deaths of fellow Muslims, and then provides a gory show reel of Isil inflicting atrocities amongst anyone they consider an enemy. “Are you really capable of this?” That’s the implicit message. “Do you really want to go to Iraq, to do horrific things to our fellow human beings?”
Except, as we all know, many of us are secretly thrilled by the idea of doing horrific things to our enemies. That’s the first problem with using atrocity footage to put young men or women off violent Jihad.
I don't agree with everything the author of the article contends, however the notion that the secular Pointy-Heads of western society, being so repelled by religious faith in general, and undoubtedly emboldened by their easy "victories" in pushing religion, and Christianity in particular, out of the public sphere leaves them unequipped to deal with the true nature of Islam rings true. That Christians don't riot at the drop of a hat or lop off heads on a whim has no doubt left some smugly certain they are capable of managing Islam, others too damn fearful to act, and for the rest perhaps it's a sign of tacit approval.
In a speaking event at Tufts University Monday, Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren told a “Holocaust refugee” that she thought it was “fair” to compare Israel’s treatment of Palestinians to the Nazis’ treatment of the Jews in the Holocaust.
Warren also walked back her previous statement that Israel had the right to defend itself by saying that the Gazans do as well and that her ultimate goal is ending war and establishing a two-state solution...
Are radical Islamic ideas becoming more pervasive with the fast growth of the Muslim population? You Bet.
Islam in the west - well worth watching especially for the the Imam Bilal Philips segment.
(Reuters) - When Washington takes its bombing campaign against Islamic State fighters into Syria, the most it can probably hope for from one of its closest allies in the region will be grudging consent.
Turkey, a NATO member with a big U.S. air base and long borders with both Iraq and Syria, has made clear that it is still unconvinced by U.S. President Barack Obama's plans to bomb Islamic State fighters in two of its neighbors.
While Washington won backing last week for a military coalition from 10 Arab nations - Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and six Gulf states including rich rivals Saudi Arabia and Qatar - Turkey attended the talks but did not sign up...
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And none of them trust the US -- but the Sunnis are desperate and scared, except for Turkey, playing some kind of double game, secure knowing that it part of NATO.
OTTAWA — An Ottawa man, the third suspect charged in a homegrown terror plot to build explosive devices, entered a surprise guilty plea Wednesday and got a 24-year jail sentence for his lead role.
Hiva Mohammad Alizadeh, the last of three men charged in a 2010 investigation known as Project Samosa, had been scheduled to go on trial in February in connection with a conspiracy that police once suggested was a threat in Ottawa's capital and Afghanistan.
Since his arrest in 2010, the Iranian-born Kurdish man never sought bail and remained in custody.
More at the CEEB
Displaced Syrians will likely make up the next big wave of Muslim refugees coming to America.
Since the early 1990s, the United Nations high commissioner for refugees has selected more than 250,000 refugees from Islamic countries to be resettled in the United States. Most of them have come from Somalia and Iraq.
Syria could soon be added to the mix in the midst of that country’s brutal civil war. The Obama administration has been greasing the skids for the Syrian refugees for months, WND has learned, and the refugees will soon be dumped on American cities throughout the U.S.
In February, the State Department moved to ease the rules that protect the U.S. from accepting refugees with potential ties to terrorist organizations. The rules were seen as “too strict” by the refugee-resettlement groups that lobby Congress and the administration to continuously let in more Muslims from the war-torn Middle East.
Then on Sept. 4, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman hinted at her daily press briefing that a new wave of refugees will soon be coming from another predominantly Muslim nation – Syria...
As Scotland prepares to vote Thursday on a momentous independence referendum, a fringe battle is brewing across the Atlantic: a tussle of the tartans in the Arctic.
ugging at one side of the fabric is fashion designer Michael Kaye.
Seven years ago, the Alberta native had asked a Scottish kilt maker to create a special plaid for Canada's Arctic territory of Nunavut. That tartan, which the designer calls "Inuit influenced" with its pattern of blues and purples, was registered with the Scottish Tartans Authority.
For years, Mr. Kaye had dreamed of making a dress from each of the official tartans of Canada's 13 provinces and territories. He says he even received encouragement from Alex Salmond, leader of Scotland's independence campaign. So he designed a dress with the new fabric and thought little more of it.
"I want this to be my legacy, I want kids to fall in love with tartan," the designer says.
But unbeknown to Mr. Kaye, who is based in New York, Nunavut already had another tartan, unveiled in January 2008. At the time, that fabric received kudos from several local Scots.
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(Reuters) - A supporter of Islamic State militants has warned of attacks on the United States and its allies if they continue to carry out military action against the group that has seized large parts of Iraq and Syria, the SITE monitoring service said.
The message on a well-known militant Islamist online forum is one of the few responses from supporters of Islamic State to Washington's announcement last week that it was prepared to extend airstrikes against the group into Syria.
The posting on the Minbar Jihadi Media website condemned “intervention in the affairs of other peoples” and said it would trigger an equal response, SITE said late on Monday.
“It will lead to an equal reaction of the same strength in targeting the American depth and also the nations allied to it and in all aspects,” the message said in a translation from Arabic, according to SITE, which tracks militant forums...
See also: ISIS releases Hollywood style propaganda video: ISIS has released a slickly produced new video warning the United States of the carnage it wants to inflict in Iraq if President Obama deploys troops to the war-torn nation as he attempts to 'degrade and ultimately destroy' the terror group.
Resembling a blockbuster movie trailer, the disturbing 52-second video entitled 'Flames of War' shows militants blowing up tanks in dramatic slow motion, wounded US soldiers apparently being executed and the White House in the sights of a shaky camera...
"...So take Iraq. The goal there was not to eliminate whatever threat Saddam Hussein posed… It was to rebuild Iraq so that the Iraqis would be lifted out of poverty and would get elections and so-called freedom. That was to serve the Iraqis. That did not serve American interests. Our interests are served by eliminating those who want to kill us.
… People don’t realize that the rules under which the [American] soldiers operate are so restrictive that sometimes they cannot defend themselves, let along eliminate the threat. And so, we put our soldiers in harm’s way. We tie their hands. And then we’re surprised that there’s an insurgency that grows fiercer and more bold, and that Iraq is a mess. Well, you have to look at the ideas that shape the policy."
Canada should not be involved in Islam's civil war. Certainly we can work to encourage continued mayhem by keeping both sides well armed and able to prolong hostilities, but we should never presume we are able to impose western values on more or less intact Islamic cultures. The only reason we should ever have boots on the ground is when we are willing to win a war the good old fashioned way and say to hell with "rules of engagement".
In modern Britain, “nationalism” is a dirty word. Understandably so. It is associated with the racist far-Right; with the crazies who believe that the British are descended from Atlantis and that anyone from outside these islands is one of those “lesser breeds without the law”.
But in rejecting nationalism with such ferocity, we encounter a paradox. Nationalism in Scotland (non-racist but certainly divisive) threatens to break up the Union – yet the only way to rescue said Union is to invoke the spirit of the nation state. To defeat nationalism, we have to engage in a little bit of nationalism. It’s enough to make a Guardian reader’s head explode.
That’s the way to win friends and influence people...
Very soon the world will know the status of Mayor Rob Ford’s health and what doctors plan to do about it.
Mayor Ford and his family already know and are bracing themselves for difficult times ahead.
Muslim Brotherhood decries foreign intervention against Islamic State
"We refuse to engage in a war under the pretext of fighting terrorism while in truth it is a war on Islam. The US and the West and all concerned must define terrorism before any move against terrorists to avoid targeting moderates."
David Solway writes:
Just the other day, I had a similar experience. Since there are no facilities at the beach, swimmers often change out of their bathing suits into street clothes beside their cars, shielded by towels held by friends and intimates or strung between the open doors of their vehicles, an operation conducted in an atmosphere of courtesy defined by a mutual and studied disregard. I was assisting my wife in this delicate maneuver when three Muslim men emerged from the trail giving onto the parking lot. Soon they were trying to stare over and between the towels, mesmerized by the partially hidden lure of a woman in semi-undress. My wife had to enter the car and slide low into the front seat while I glared indignantly at the intruders. Then, as I was about to confront them — the odds were not in my favor, but so be it — they moved aside and, after a few moments, spread carpets on the grass margin a few yards away and ritually prostrated themselves in prayer — close enough that I had to be careful when backing the car out.
It was not violence, but it was a violation, a transgression of the norm, remarked by several others in the parking lot who were struck by so blatant an infringement of both common decency and shared space. These men clearly did not realize or, more likely, did not care that they were contravening the tacit agreement of reciprocal discretion that prevailed among us, whether friend or stranger. They were animated by a robust and incontestable sense of their own priority, a conviction of privilege that need not take into consideration the cultural usages and social.
Hamas's long-term ambitions are indistinguishable from those of Islamic State and al-Qaeda.
Hamas will now focus on its next goal -- trying to strengthen its presence in the West Bank and eventually toppling the Palestinian Authority from power there, just as it did in Gaza. If Israel were to withdraw from the West Bank, Hamas would certainly find such a goal easier to accomplish.
Nothing keeps the flames of jihad alight, and Hamas's popularity secure, like frequent wars.
The Optimist... US military chief Martin Dempsey says only half Iraqi army is OK as a partner to US-led coalition
ABOUT half of Iraq’s army is incapable of being an effective partner to the US in rolling back the Islamic State group’s territorial gains in Iraq, the top US military officer says.
The other half needs to be partially rebuilt with US training and additional equipment, says General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Obama is sending soldiers to fight Ebola in West Africa. Why are soldiers necessary to fight a disease?
Steve Sailer writes:
The big difference is that that the U.K. is primarily a north-south country, while the U.S. is an east-west country. Latitude divides people more than longitude. In America, the most important political divide is distance from deep water, such as oceans or the Great Lakes: what I call the Dirt Gap. San Francisco and Manhattan, for example, are 2900 miles apart, but are similarly liberal because family formation is equally unaffordable due to both being similarly constrained from expansion by water. Hence, the “family values” party is less relevant where family formation is prohibitively expensive.
That means, however, that the U.S. would be harder than Britain to split ideologically along geographic lines. The lines between Red and Blue America tend to run indistinctly through the exurban fringes of coastal metropolises.
That makes secession less practical in America than in Britain.
Former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty is lobbying the government to increase its use of one company's education technology in the province's schools.
McGuinty's seeking "to enhance the presence of Desire2Learn education technology in Ontario's schools, colleges and universities," reads his online registration as a consultant lobbyist.
Mohammad Ali was raised with all that Canada could offer but prefers to mock beheadings and calls for others to join him in slaughter.
Lay off the social media
“I imagine a lot of people who genuinely love cats will look at these pictures and roar with laughter” says Halls. “I look at them and see a cat who is not very happy about something.” And an owner who has too much time on their hands. “Ask yourself whether there is anything in it for the cat.”
|In all likelyhood this is not a picture of George|
Rich fed a tube containing oxygenated pond water and anesthetic into George’s gills to keep him sedated and alive throughout the delicate procedure. The doctor then used tissue glue, a substance commonly used on human patients, when sutures would not hold George’s scaly covering.
A couple hundred Christian protesters clashed with police in southern Egypt after holding a demonstration on Tuesday in front of a police station demanding authorities locate an abducted housewife, a security official said.
Applications for temporary foreign workers have dropped by three-quarters following the new rules introduced by the federal government in June, says Employment Minister Jason Kenney.
"We announced a fundamental sweep of reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program earlier this year to ensure that it is used as a last and limited resort and that Canadians always come first in the workforce.
"Since those reforms were announced we've seen a 75 per cent reduction in the number of applications in temporary foreign workers on the part of employers," Kenney said during question period on Tuesday.
BRUSSELS, SEPTEMBER 16 - Michele Cercone, the spokesman for European Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom, on Tuesday said the spate of migrant disasters in the Mediterranean were “homicides, not accidents.” The comment came after reports that 800 migrants have died or gone missing at sea while trying to reach Italy from North Africa since Friday.
In one case, some 500 migrants went missing and are feared drowned after people smugglers sank a boat carrying them last week 300 miles off the coast of Malta, according to two Palestinian survivors.
Cercone said the EU will reinforce its measures against human traffickers. The United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, said on Monday that more than 2,500 people have drowned or gone missing attempting the Mediterranean crossing this year alone, including over 2,200 since the start of June.
Some 130,000 people have arrived in Europe by sea so far this year, more than double the 60,000 recorded in 2013, the UNHCR said. Italy has received over 118,000 arrivals, most of them rescued at sea by Italy under its naval operation, Mare Nostrum...
Wikipedia is the latest website to feel the wrath of Turkey’s government, with Culture and Tourism Minister Ömer Çelik slamming the popular Internet encyclopedia for referring to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in an article on authoritarianism.
“Mentioning Turkey alongside the [North] Korean regime and the [Abdel Fattah] el-Sisi regime in Egypt is just a kind of operation, not an intellectual analysis,” Çelik tweeted on Sept. 14, claiming that the Wikipedia editors had an “eclipse of reason” while adding the Erdoğan reference.
As of Sept. 16, the article referred to Erdoğan after stating that “authoritarianism and democracy are not fundamentally opposed to one another.”
“It is thus definitely possible for democracies to possess strong authoritarian elements, for both feature a form of submission to authority. For instance, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of Turkey, was elected three times, but shows strong authoritarian tendencies,” the Wikipedia article stated, citing more than 10 sources, from the Washington Post to the Guardian...
“To the Lone Wolves in America: How to Make a Bomb in Your Kitchen, to Create Scenes of Horror in Tourist Spots and Other Targets.”
Why would they want to “create scenes of horror”?
Could it have anything to do with the Qur’an’s command to “strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah (8:60)?...
Mohamed Said Bakr detained after slamming government as ‘subject’ to US; had called for war with Israel
Jordan arrested a senior member of the country’s Muslim Brotherhood Tuesday on charges of “incitement” against the authorities, a judicial source said, as the group’s political wing demanded his release.
Mohamed Said Bakr, a member of the Brotherhood’s consultative council, was detained for 15 days by prosecutors after criticizing the government at an event marking the end of the conflict in Gaza, the source said.
The Jordanian Brotherhood’s political wing, the Islamic Action Front, condemned the arrest.
“It is unacceptable that clerics and activists should be arrested on the basis of positions they expressed,” said IAF Secretary General Mohamed al-Zayoud on the party’s website...
A sorority at California State University Fullerton is in serious trouble because it hosted a Taco Tuesday event where students wore “culturally insensitive attire” such as sombreros.
The school’s chapter of Alpha Delta Pi hosted the event on August 19 as part of recruitment. Ninety percent of attendees wore costumes, which also included sarapes and “in some cases, gang costumes,” according to an article in the Daily Titan, the school’s official newspaper.
The sorority claims it never asked people to wear costumes and that some had chosen on their own to do so. CSUF isn’t buying it, though, and has decided to take “serious sanctions” against every single member of the sorority, whether she attended or not...
So I’ve been thinking about this a lot and posted this morning on twitter about David Cameron’s comment (“they are monsters, not Muslims”). I’m very concerned by growing reprise that “Islamic State” (IS) is not Islam, that they are not Muslims.
I can understand where it’s coming from but its a very dangerous form of political correctness.
Clearly not all Muslims support IS, nor are all terrorists Muslim. But there is no doubt that IS say they are acting on behalf of Islam, they are Muslims and they want to establish an Islamic Caliphate...
The National Lawyers Guild—a hard left assortment of radical lawyers and "legal workers"—is seeking to have President Obama, Secretary of Defense Hagel and members of Congress indicted by the International Criminal Court for "aiding and abetting" genocide, crimes against humanity and other war crimes. Among the bases for these extraordinarily serious accusations, is that "the United States Congress overwhelmingly passed, and President Obama signed, an appropriation of $225 million for Israel's Iron Dome missile system"—a purely defensive shield that destroys missiles heading for Israeli population centers.
Yes, you read that correctly. According to these irresponsible bigots, it is genocide to help the nation-state of the Jewish people protect its Jewish and Arab citizens against thousands of rockets being fired at its cities, towns and airport. Imagine the implication for the rule of law if defending one's citizens becomes a war crime. But don't worry. These professional Israel-bashers won't try to apply this Orwellian theory to any countries other than Israel and its supporters...
LYON, France — The Vatican was left red-faced Tuesday after it emerged that a car bearing its diplomatic plates had been stopped in France with four kilograms of cocaine on board.
The car — which also contained 200 grams (seven ounces) of cannabis — belonged to 91-year-old Argentinian cardinal Jorge Mejia, emeritus librarian at the Holy See, who retired in 2003 and who is currently bedridden.
Pope Francis, a fellow Argentinian, visited Mejia, who was confined to a hospital in Rome after a heart attack, just two days after being elected...
Just as Munich is gearing up for its annual Oktoberfest beer festival, the city's most famous beer hall has been forced to deny allegations of racial discrimination.
The Hofbräuhaus in central Munich was once the royal brewery of Bavaria, and over its 400-year history, it has supposedly counted Mozart and Lenin among its regulars.
Thousands of visitors stream through the vast beer hall each year to drink 1-litre mass glasses of beer and listen to the house oompah band.
On a typical day you can see people from all over the world drinking beside Bavarians in traditional lederhosen.
But a video has emerged on YouTube that claims to show a discriminatory seating policy. The video shows a woman of Asian appearance sitting at a table near the entrance, before being asked to move on by a waiter. Moments later a white woman sits at the table and is served...
A surge of support for fringe parties in a string of European elections underscores growing resentment of a governing class many voters feel is deaf to their concerns over immigration and the economy.
That friction was on full display Sunday in Sweden, a country known the world over for its moderate politics and beneficent attitude toward public welfare. Swedes ousted the ruling center-right government, casting many of their votes for an anti-immigration party known as the Sweden Democrats. It won 13% of the vote, placing third—the party's best showing since it entered parliament in 2010.
In Germany, the upstart Alternative for Germany, won more than 10% of the vote in two state polls on the same day, building on the anti-euro party's recent success in European Parliament elections in May.
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A study of tainted drinking water in areas where natural gas is produced from shale shows that the contamination is most likely caused by leaky wells rather than the process of hydraulic fracturing used to release the gas from the rock.
The study looked at seven cases in Pennsylvania and one in Texas where water wells had been contaminated by methane and other hydrocarbon gases. Both states have extensive deposits of gas-bearing shale that have been exploited in recent years as part of a surge in domestic energy production. Some environmental groups have suggested that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, could cause the gas to migrate into drinking water aquifers.
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“People would come to him and talk about what was happening to them at home in terms of foreclosures, in terms of bad loans that were being — I mean, these Shylocks who took advantage of these women and men while overseas,” Biden said.
BRUSSELS, Belgium — A fire that broke out at a synagogue near Brussels was the result of arson, a Belgian watchdog said.
Three people, the wife and two children of the synagogue’s caretaker, had to be treated for inhaling smoke on Tuesday at the synagogue on de la Clinique Street in Anderlecht, one of the municipalities that make up the Brussels region, the Belgian League Against Anti-Semitism, or LBCA, wrote in a statement. Unknown individuals deliberately set fire to four places so it would catch, according to the report.
LBCA President Joel Rubinfeld wrote that Belgian police confirmed they believed the fire was the result of criminal activity.
The building had been the target of petrol bombers in 2010...
WASHINGTON—America's top uniformed general said he has so far opposed putting American advisers on the front lines of Iraq's fight against Islamic State militants, but said he would consider sending U.S. special operation forces into the field if necessary for more complex operations.
Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday that he rejected a proposal by U.S. Central Command, which oversees American forces in the Middle East, to send military specialists out with Iraqi and Kurdish forces as they moved to retake Mosul Dam from Islamic State, the extremist group also known as ISIS or ISIL.
Central Command officials had proposed the use of specialists to help guide U.S. airstrikes from positions on the ground.
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The United States bombed ISIS near Baghdad, the first time the US has targeted the militants close to the Iraqi capital.
American warplanes carried out one air strike near Baghdad and another near Mount Sinjar, in the north of Iraq, in the past 24 hours, according to a US defence official.
The United States last month began a campaign of air strikes against ISIS positions in northern Iraq, but Monday's announcement that US warplanes had targeted the militants near Baghdad marks an escalation in the scope of the mission.
“US military forces continued to attack ISIS terrorists in Iraq, employing attack and fighter aircraft to conduct two airstrikes Sunday and Monday in support of Iraqi security forces near Sinjar and southwest of Baghdad,” US Central Command said in a statement.
“The air strike southwest of Baghdad was the first strike taken as part of our expanded efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions to hit ISIS targets as Iraqi forces go on offence, as outlined in the president's speech last Wednesday.”
The strikes destroyed six ISIS vehicles near Sinjar and an ISIS fighting position southwest of Baghdad that had been firing on Iraqi forces.
“All aircraft exited the strike areas safely,” the statement added.
“These strikes were conducted under authority to protect US personnel and facilities, support humanitarian efforts, and help Iraqi forces on the offensive against ISIS terrorists.”
They bring the number of US air strikes across Iraq to 162.
They came as ISIS fighters reportedly shot down a Syrian war plane using anti-aircraft guns on Tuesday, the first time the group has downed a military jet since declaring its cross-border caliphate in June, a group monitoring the civil war said.
The plane came down outside ISIS’ stronghold of Raqqa city, 250 miles northeast of Damascus, during air strikes on territory controlled by the group, a resident said...
Kurdish peshmerga forces on Tuesday recaptured seven Christian villages in northern Iraq in clashes with militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), an officer and a cleric said.
Tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians, most of them Chaldeans, fled their homes when ISIS militants launched a renewed drive in the north in early August.
Iraq’s largest Christian town, Qaraqosh, and dozens of other villages were all but emptied in what Christian leaders described as the worst disaster for the minority in centuries...
Related: Iraqi bishop laments ‘too late’ response to ISIS threat: A Roman Catholic bishop based in Iraq on Tuesday said international mobilization against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants had come “too late.”
Saying that the ISIS group was not a major threat only a few months ago, he told AFP: “It would have been very easy, but the international community was in a very deep slumber”...
It’s all about the issues, right? Not necessarily, according to a new Harris Poll.
When asked to describe their likelihood to consider voting for a presidential candidate fitting a varied series of backgrounds, there are clearly certain characteristics which are deterrents to strong percentages of Americans.
Specifically, just over half (52%) say they’d be either “not that likely” or “not at all likely” to consider voting for a Muslim candidate (vs. 28% who would be “very” or “somewhat” likely to do so); meanwhile, pluralities would be unlikely to consider voting for a transgender man or woman (48%, vs. 34% who would be likely to do so) or an agnostic/atheist candidate (45% vs. 39%)...
Red storm clouds hang heavy over Spring Creek, Queensland, Australia. Photographer Terence West had been chasing the storm across the Southern Downs when he captured this image of the back of the storm just as the sun was going down. “It made me feel that nature was at peace after the anger of the storm,” he wrote.
Her story is fairly well known already, but here are extracts
from a Telegraph article:
...Giving her first interview since she was released last month, she told Fox News she was given three days to renounce her faith by the Sudanese authorities, and when she refused to was sentenced to hang.The Fox News interview is here.
In prison, she said she was visited every day by imams, who recited parts of the Koran to her in an attempt to pressure her into renouncing her religion.
“While I was in prison, some people came to visit me from the Muslim Scholars Association,” she said. “These were imams that created an intervention by reciting parts of the Koran for me. I faced a tremendous amount of pressure.”
Ms Ibrahim, who now lives in New Hampshire with her husband Daniel and two children, said other Christian prisoners were told any debts they has would be written off if they converted to Islam...
Abu Sulayman al Muhajir, an Australian cleric on the Al Nusrah Fron’s Sharia Committee, has been tweeting in recent days about US military action against the Islamic State...
The U.S is not fighting a jama'ah as they claim. It is a war against Islam, the latest sequel to their crusade. Muslims must stand united!
— أبو سليمان المهاجر (@abusulayman321) September 14, 2014
U.S invasion will unite the people who aren't united and anger those who still need a reason to fight.Details at The Long War Journal.
— أبو سليمان المهاجر (@abusulayman321) September 14, 2014
Since 2010, the social support costs of non-Western immigrants and their descendants have increased by over two billion kroner ($348 million US), while the same costs for ethnic Danes have decreased by eight million kroner ($1.4 million US), the think-tank and magazine Mandag Morgen has reported.
The magazine also found that since 2008, the number of non-Western immigrants and their descendants receiving financial support from the state has risen by 35 percent.
Government coalition partners the Social Liberals (Radikale), a traditionally pro-immigration party, said the numbers indicate that Denmark needs to start requiring more from immigrants.
“We need to admit that there are too many immigrants in the unemployment statistics and outside of the job market. There are too few in education and too many in the crime statistics,” the economy minister, Morten Østergaard, who is also the Social Liberals’ party leader, told Mandag Morgen.
Østergaard’s party cohort Marlene Borst Hansen also signalled a shift in immigration policies...
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I wonder why Denmark can be relatively sensible on the topic but Sweden is so delusional.
Nearly half of Americans in key voting areas think race relations have gotten worse under the nation’s first black president, a new poll shows.
The survey, taken by Politico the last week of August and the first week of September, found that 46 percent of residents in states and House districts with competitive federal elections this fall believe that racial tension has increased under President Barack Obama’s leadership.
Just six percent of voters polled said they thought relations had improved under Obama.
The survey's findings follow the high-profile death a black teen in Ferguson, Missouri, who was shot and killed by a white police office...
ISIS were “tipped off” about British hostage Alan Henning’s aid mission to Syria and seized him just half an hour after he entered the country, it has emerged.
Details of his capture came to light as it was revealed that even Al-Qaeda, the terror group behind the September 11 attacks, have pleaded with ISIS for his release.
Father-of-two Mr Henning, from Eccles, Salford, travelled to the war-torn region with charity workers in December but was kidnapped and now faces execution at the hands of terrorist “Jihadi John”...
He’s a better speechwriter than his speechwriters, a better political director than his political director, and to hear President Obama tell it--or, to be precise, to hear the New York Times retell others’ retelling of Obama’s telling it--he's a better terrorist than the terrorists:
If he had been “an adviser to ISIS,” Mr. Obama added, he would not have killed the hostages but released them and pinned notes on their chests saying, “Stay out of here; this is none of your business.” Such a move, he speculated, might have undercut support for military intervention.Perhaps the president wishes he had pinned such a note to the chests of the journalists with whom he purportedly shared this brainstorm last Wednesday afternoon. “Although three New York Times columnists and an editorial writer were among those invited,” the Times reports, “this account is drawn from people unaffiliated with The Times, some of whom insisted on anonymity because they were not supposed to share details of the conversations.” The Times report doesn’t name any of the attendees, but the Puffington Host’s Michael Calderone does.
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I love this.
The Commie and Doug Ford Are Tied.
The unexpected entrance of Doug Ford in Toronto’s mayoral race has had little effect on John Tory's lead, according to a poll conducted by Ipsos Reid.
John Tory would receive the support of 43 per cent prospective voters while 29 per cent of Torontonians would support Olivia Chow. Doug Ford, who entered the race Friday, is behind Chow with 28 per cent of the vote.
Ipsos Reid polled 596 Toronto residents between Sept. 12 and Sept 16.