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Reuters, Yahoo News. Hat tip: David Vance

Racist Islamophobes out in force (again)

That's Mustafa Attaturk who founded Turkey to create a modern, democratic and secular state based on Western principles of governance.

Tens of thousands of Turkish nationals are rallying in Istanbul in opposition to the threat of Islamic political parties gaining power. The communist run Islamophobia watch and (Jamal's Radical Muslim!) have been surprisingly silent on this outrage.

But of course using the BBC as your sole means of news for the world will give you a very skewed picture based upon it's incessant liberal-left agenda which almost seems to take on a life of it's own at times...

This Turkish Islamist protestor seems calm and collected, don't you think?

Saudis: Foiled plot mirrored 9/11 attack

This would have changed the face of the middle east had this been carried out.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Al-Qaida-linked plotters hoped to reproduce the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, planning to send suicide pilots to military bases and attack the oil refineries that drive the economy of Osama bin Laden's homeland, the government said Saturday.

Revealing new details of the purported plot, a government spokesman said some of the 172 attackers trained as pilots in an unidentified "troubled country" nearby, hoping to use the planes to carry out suicide attacks.

The spokesman, Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki, would not say where the training took place: "It could be Iraq, Somalia, Pakistan, there are so many troubled regions in the world. I can't specify."

The militants allegedly wanted to use planes "like car bombs ... to use the aircraft as a tool to carry out suicide operations," al-Turki told The Associated Press by phone from this capital city. Targets included Saudi military bases that militants had no other way of reaching but by blowing up an aircraft, he said.

"The last group (we) rounded up are carriers of al-Qaida ideology, working on achieving al-Qaida goals, which is to take over the society," al-Turki said.

The monthslong roundup of alleged Islamic militants from seven terror cells was one of the biggest terror sweeps since Saudi leaders began an unrelenting offensive against extremists after militants attacked foreigners and others involved in the country's oil industry seeking to topple the monarchy for its alliance with the U.S.

But analysts say al-Qaida followers are determined to stay active in Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam's Prophet Muhammad.

"This is the heart of Islam, the birthplace of Islam. Saudi Arabia has a huge psychological value for al-Qaida. ... Despite the crackdown, al-Qaida will keep trying to establish itself in Saudi Arabia," said Mustafa Alani, director of security and terrorism studies at the Dubai-based Gulf Research Center.

Along with the planned suicide attacks, authorities said the latest arrests also thwarted plots to mount attacks on the kingdom's oil refineries, break militants out of prison and send suicide attackers to kill government officials. The Interior Ministry also said some targets were outside the country, which it did not identify.

Al-Turki did not elaborate or specifically say those detained were al-Qaida members, but his comments marked a rare mention of the terror network by Saudi officials, who customarily refer to the organization as a "deviant group."

Saudi Arabia's long alliance with the United States has angered Saudi extremists, especially bin Laden, who was born in Saudi Arabia. Fifteen of the 19 airline hijackers in the Sept. 11 attacks were also from here.

An austere strain of Islam known as Wahhabism is followed by the country's predominantly Sunni Muslim population, and militant groups have attracted Saudi recruits with extremist leanings.

Militants have attacked foreigners living in Saudi Arabia and the country's oil industry, which has more than 260 billion barrels of proven oil reserves, a quarter of the world's total. Bin Laden also has urged such attacks to hurt the flow of oil to the West
Hat tip: Tu s Tin

Muslim women may wear Niqab in British courts

I suggest other people wear balaclavas or KKK outfits, as per their personal and religious beliefs.

BBC News

Update: Granny Wetherwax has more on this at NER. It seems despite the way the BBC have dressed it, as somebody else has pointed out, it's down to the judge.

The BBC's Have Their Say

My English compatriots, tis of course the day of St George tomorrow, whereby we will uphold the great English tradition on the 23rd of April of doing absolutely sod all to mark our Englishness, bar a bit of self debasement.

The BBC, funded entirely by the British tax payer likes to ask poignant and important questions, whilst putting across the public's views in an accurate and representative manner.

The BBC News websites infamous Have Your Say section is a victory for democracy, a shouting point for the mere commmon man, the lesser stature of liberal-eliticus-erecticus.

Here's the most recommended comment on the subject
I think it's about time we celebrated being English, for too long now it's been treated more or less as something to be ashamed of.
James Smith, Watford, United Kingdom
Call for St George's day article, has a representative little snippet of the BBC's Have Your Their Say:

Why of course dear chap! What dimwitts! The common man, know not whateth he do. But the BBC doeth.

Girls Are Not To Be Trusted

And the drunken lord giveth this hilarious must see YouTube video - enjoy ;)

The reason I am posting this is because it is shocking, and to remind us all of the nature of the work that our brave boys and girls are doing in Afghanistan. The hardcore Taliban and Al-Qaeda no nothing of mercy, of respect for life, they hold such twisted moral view points and seek to impose their sickness on others.

The sick fucking fucks got a 12 year old kid to behead a "spy".

Left wing NGO Amnesty loudly condemns not the vicious murderous militias, but the state apparatus being used to eliminate them.

Meanwhile GENOCIDE continues in Darfur.

The BBC, of course, has this on the front page of their news website.

3 Christians Throats Slit in Turkey

Of course this won't really register on the shock/outrage Richter scale in the Western media.

Imagine, though, if you will, three Muslims throats cut in London?

We wouldn't hear the end of it.

How many people do you think would die in the ensuing riots? How many days would we have to endure The Guardian or The Independent doing comment pieces on how racist and intolerant and Islamophobic Britain has become?

Church of Balaclavas

And this guy is SO fucking funny.

What's wrong with this sentence?

British forces have killed eight gunmen laying landmines in southern Iraq, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) says.

BBC News

Racist Islamophobes out in force

BBC News

This would no doubt be the headline on far-left/muslim websites if it were to happen in a honkey country. But there you go. I wonder how long before the communist run website Islamophobia watch picks up on this outrage.

Google Earth Maps Atrocities in Darfur

"When it comes to responding to genocide, the world's record is terrible. We hope this important initiative with Google will make it that much harder for the world to ignore those who need us the most," said Holocaust Museum director Sara Bloomfield in a statement.

"Crisis in Darfur" is the first of the museum's "Genocide Prevention Mapping Initiative" that is aimed at providing information on potential genocides early on in the hope that governments and others can act quickly to prevent them.

"At Google, we believe technology can be a catalyst for education and action," Elliot Schrage, Google's vice-president, said in a statement.

From here.

"The Politically Correct" BBC

Another day another "politically correct" piece from the BBC news website. Take a study, any study, now find something interesting or of significance. Now, analyse that signifant observation, if it's not "politically correct" then you absolutely cannot mention it! Even if it means that we continue to ignore a big problem. Got it?

Iran Seeks Goodwill!

It's ok folks, Iran seeks goodwill - the BBC states it unequivocally!

Of course it should read Iran "seeks goodwill" over captives.

Fucking idiots!!!

Israel = South African Apartheid and other sick in the head leftist delusions

From a Guardian writer, of course.

There will be a reckoning

"The devastation of south Lebanon has echoes of Angola's towns shattered by South Africa in the 80s "

From the rocky hills above the south Lebanese town of Bint Jbeil you look down over a valley of wild flowers and goats, where the word Hizbullah is scored into the grass. Three miles away is the border with Israel, and the red-tiled roofs of its settlements which face Bint Jbeil, the symbol of the war that Israel lost last summer. [the one where 800+ Hizbollah terrorists were killed? - Ed]

The first UN convoy into the town after the war found a picture of devastation. "The main street looks like a set from Stalingrad," Unicef reported. "One school has taken a direct aerial strike, and one wall is missing. Another looks to have been the scene of a pitched battle." To me, it's less Stalingrad and more Ngiva, Cuvelai or Huambo, the southern towns of Angola shattered by South African apartheid in the 1980s. Here, as there, roads are scarred with huge potholes from shelling, and targeted bombing broke bridges and factories. For decades Angolan children have been killed by unexploded mines, and now the Lebanese are having to contend with cluster bombs in their fields.

Along the mountain roads into Bint Jbeil are thousands of pine saplings and young fruit trees, planted when the Israeli army withdrew in 2000. Above them are new posters of the young men who died here last year, another generation of shaheed (martyrs).

Seven months after the war, Bint Jbeil's shops are open, streets and houses repaired and children are back in a makeshift school. This is one of the places where Qatari officials arrived with instant cash for rebuilding. All over the country are slick billboards of beautiful children and flowers, saying, "Thank you Qatar." This is not a society which allows the grim to triumph.

... Another of their prime targets was the hill-top prison of Khiam, northeast of Bint Jbeil, where hundreds of Lebanese and Palestinians were held and tortured by Israel's proxy, the South Lebanese Army, during the occupation. Khiam was the symbol of Israel's power, and the prisoners' will to resist it. Today, bleak Khiam is a heap of tangled rubble, watched over by a man who spent four years inside the prison and has been telling its story ever since. All he can show now is one small remaining corridor of cells, and an isolation punishment box which he can just fit his body inside.


Memory and history will be served by this, but there will be a reckoning beyond it. South Africa learned to live with its apartheid crimes through its truth and reconciliation commission. Will Israel go down this route too?
And just to show that it's not just British leftists who hate Israel and love Islamic fascism and buy in to their lies...

Here's the American leftist site, the Daily Kos, with a quaint picture demonising Zionism (the ideology stating the right of the jews to not get exterminated and have a homeland)

Will Channel 4 be batting for the other side again?

Channel 4 says it is considering delaying a drama about British soldiers in Iraq as the UK negotiates to free 15 Royal Navy personnel captured by Iran.

The Mark of Cain, which was due to be broadcast on Thursday, shows British troops abusing Iraqi detainees.

But families of the captured crew and senior military figures have expressed concerns about the timing of the show.

Channel 4 said it was reviewing the broadcast date, but was "not convinced" the drama could influence negotiations.

In other news, the here's a BBC Analysis on the current situation by Paul Reynolds, entitled Dispute enters diplomatic phase

...This reading seems to have been strengthened by the appearance on Channel 4 news in Britain on Monday of a senior Iranian official, Ari Larijani. The Channel 4 presenter Jon Snow said that Mr Larijani had contacted them, so he obviously wanted his message to get across.

The Iranian officials obviously never heard of Channel 4 then...

Protest outside Iranian Embassay Wednesday 4th April

Free the Navy 15!

6.45pm, Wednesday 4th April

Location: opposite the Iranian Embassy, 16, Prince's Gate, South Kensington, SW7 1PT
Map here

Nearest Tube Stations: Knightsbridge or South Kensington

All welcome, please invite as many friends, workmates and family along as possible. We'll be informing the media, too.

Teachers drop the Holocaust to avoid offending Muslims

In true Daily Mail style, they have an article to make your blood boil. And if doesn't do that then you can fuck right off :)

Schools are dropping the Holocaust from history lessons to avoid offending Muslim pupils, a Governmentbacked study has revealed.

It found some teachers are reluctant to cover the atrocity for fear of upsetting students whose beliefs include Holocaust denial.

There is also resistance to tackling the 11th century Crusades - where Christians fought Muslim armies for control of Jerusalem - because lessons often contradict what is taught in local mosques.

The findings have prompted claims that some schools are using history 'as a vehicle for promoting political correctness'.

The study, funded by the Department for Education and Skills, looked into 'emotive and controversial' history teaching in primary and secondary schools.

It found some teachers are dropping courses covering the Holocaust at the earliest opportunity over fears Muslim pupils might express anti-Semitic and anti-Israel reactions in class.

The researchers gave the example of a secondary school in an unnamed northern city, which dropped the Holocaust as a subject for GCSE coursework.

The report said teachers feared confronting 'anti-Semitic sentiment and Holocaust denial among some Muslim pupils'.

It added: "In another department, the Holocaust was taught despite anti-Semitic sentiment among some pupils.

"But the same department deliberately avoided teaching the Crusades at Key Stage 3 (11- to 14-year-olds) because their balanced treatment of the topic would have challenged what was taught in some local mosques."

A third school found itself 'strongly challenged by some Christian parents for their treatment of the Arab-Israeli conflict-and the history of the state of Israel that did not accord with the teachings of their denomination'.

The report concluded: "In particular settings, teachers of history are unwilling to challenge highly contentious or charged versions of history in which pupils are steeped at home, in their community or in a place of worship."

But Chris McGovern, history education adviser to the former Tory government, said: "History is not a vehicle for promoting political correctness. Children must have access to knowledge of these controversial subjects, whether palatable or unpalatable."

School is EXACTLY the place that bigoted and hateful views should be challenged. Forfucksake!

Update: Jeremy the Presenter points to this inspiring story about a Judaic school in Birmingham where Muslim parents jump through hoops to get their kids into. My karmic balance has been temporarily restored.

Lard Mohammed, Free Carlsberg

Hilariously holding a parchment reading "Freedom go to hell"

A Mohammed sculpture, made out of lard, is available for viewing at the Joslyn Art Museum.

Hat tip Harry's Place

Good news from Iraq

Iraqi girl wins Arab Pop Idol

Sunni and Shia will soon be united in their hatred for the deluge of reality TV shows that have shown the Western world swamped with. Poor bastards. But for now all is good:

“She is doing all the things that all the Iraqi girls cannot do now: singing, dancing, being free. She is representing freedom.”

An anchor on Iraq’s al-Sharqiya channel

BAGHDAD, Iraq | By early Friday night, families were hunkered around their televisions, nervously awaiting the election results that would come hours later.

In the northern Iraqi town of Irbil, thousands packed into a shopping mall courtyard and stood before a massive screen, shouting for the victory of their candidate: “Shada! Shada!”

The object of their obsession was Shada Hassoun, Iraq’s contestant on the fourth season of the Lebanese show “Star Academy,” the “American Idol” of the Arab world. She had made Friday’s finals, and a public vote, sent by cell phone, would decide her fate.

Iraqis everywhere were in a Shada frenzy last week — causing many to observe that, win or lose, Hassoun, 26, who professes to love jet-skiing and Antonio Banderas, had managed to engender a sense of national cohesion.

“Sunnis and Shiites will unite with your victory!” read one viewer’s text message. “You are the one who unites all of Iraq, from the North to the South, from the Tigris to the Euphrates!”

Hassoun might seem an unlikely ambassador for Iraq, because she has never been to the country. Born in Casablanca, Morocco, she lays claim to Iraqi nationality through her father, a native-born member of the Shimary tribe of southern Iraq.

No one knows for sure whether she is Sunni or Shiite, so both sects have claimed her.

But what really counted, fans said, is that the beautiful, Paris-educated Hassoun embraced bombed-out, struggling Iraq.

Iraq, in turn, embraced her.

“We heard she lived in Morocco and has never been in Iraq. And she loves her country so much. Imagine how great her love would be if she lived here!” said Ahmed Kadhiim, 32, a day laborer sipping a Diet Pepsi in a small market in central Baghdad on Friday.

Iraqis have been gripped by Hassoun’s travails on “Star Academy.” She bickered with other contestants, got poor reviews after forgetting her lyrics, and fretted constantly that her nose is too pointy. One time, she lay on a bed, crying that her countrymen were too busy and besieged by war to take the time to vote for her.

She garnered 54.8 percent of the global vote, which sent her into the finals and jubilant Iraqis into the streets.

Not everyone was obsessed.

“Of course not,” said Ali al-Dabbagh, a spokesman for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, when asked if the country’s top leader is a “Star Academy” watcher.

Dabbagh said that he had never seen the show either, but he conceded that an artist — especially one sending “a positive message for the people” — might generate popular support more easily than a politician.

[Just goes to show politicians are stuffy lot - be them in London or Baghdad! - Ed]

Some Iraqis offered other reasons for the Hassoun fervor: With violence a constant threat, there is little else to do but stay home and watch television. Hassoun’s spangly dresses and sensual dancing symbolize a freedom now unknown in Iraq.

By Friday evening, unofficial results showed Hassoun in the lead. Al-Sharqiya TV’s anchor implored Iraqis to cast their votes for the “daughter of Mesopotamia.”

“She is doing all the things that all the Iraqi girls cannot do now: singing, dancing, being free. She is representing freedom,” she said. “Vote for Shada and make Iraqis feel happiness again.”

The crowd in Irbil, broadcast on television, thrust their cell phones into the air.

By 11:30 p.m., the four finalists had sung and danced for the last time on the show. They stood in a line on the stage, Hassoun in a sparkly blue halter dress. The crowd was silent.

Finally, the results popped up on the screen: With 40 percent, Hassoun was the winner.

She clutched her chest. Gold confetti fell on her tear-streaked cheeks, and on the large Iraqi flag that she waved back and forth.

In Baghdad, the sound of celebratory gunfire rang out into the night.

Yee ha! Cool stuff. I may make light of this but it's things like this that unite the common man and woman. Fucking eh. Who'd have thought Pop Idol would be uniting Iraqi sects?

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