Did the Muslim Brotherhood Instigate the Clash in Upper Egypt?

Ashraf Ramelah of Voice of the Copts returns with a report about recent tribal violence in Upper Egypt.

Twenty-eight killed in Aswan, Upper Egypt
by Ashraf Ramelah

In the world’s cradle of civilization in Upper Egypt, the region of the temples, 750 miles south of Egypt’s capitol, a deadly racial clash took place between two Muslim tribes this past week. According to reports by Egypt’s news agencies, on April 2 fighting broke out between the Arab-Muslim Alhalaya tribe and the Egyptian non-Arab-Muslim Nubian tribe.

After a visit to Aswan by presidential candidate El Sisi, Arab-Muslim students from the Alhalaya tribe provoked a fight with supporters of El Sisi. Within a few hours of El Sisi’s departure from speaking with tribe leaders, graffiti was found on a public school wall insulting the retired General. Twenty-eight people died in the resulting clash (rocks and bottles thrown escalated into Molotov cocktails and gunfire).

About Egyptian Nubian tribes

The Egyptian Nubian tribes are descendants of populations dating back to the 4th century — inhabitants of Egypt centuries before the Arab-Muslim invasion. The first Nubians arrived from Ethiopia and settled on Egypt’s southern border with Sudan. In the 20th century, Nubians underwent a massive displacement into Arab-Muslim tribal territories during the Nasser era when their homes were flooded by the lake formed by Egypt’s High Dam.

The meaning behind the April 2 Aswan conflict

Writing on his Facebook page, General Ahmed Ali, spokesman for the Egyptian military, alluded to the real potential that Muslim Brotherhood terrorists could be behind the lethal skirmish. If this suggestion is true, the incident must be viewed in terms of a clash of ideologies manifested in political animosities. Based upon political differences represented in tribal allegiance, it pitted Muslim (Nubian, non-Arab, anti-supremacist) against Muslim (Alhalaya, Arab, supremacist).

This divide is ancient. Egypt’s darkest moments today emanate from original resentment of and discontentment with the centuries-old invasion by Arab-Muslim intruders (religious imperialists) of native Egyptians (Copts and Nubians ruled by Romans/Byzantines). It is today’s need for individual freedom, not supremacy, which unites Christians and Muslims wishing to modernize the state and duplicate Western ideals. Right now, El Sisi represents these ideals, and he is seen as the terminator of such Aswan-style clashes in his zeal to root out terrorism.

Ex-President Morsi giving orders from his prison cell

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A Tactical Retreat

Last weekend a small but well-armed and -armored federal task force under the Bureau of Land Management was forced to back off in the face of a group of unarmed (or lightly-armed) patriots on horseback and on foot in a gully near Bunkerville, Nevada. The courageous citizens who approached the federal barriers were told by bullhorn that they would be shot if they came any further, but they kept coming anyway.

This was a huge victory for those American patriots who want to re-establish the rule of law under the United States Constitution. For the past two days I’ve been browsing patriot networks, Second Amendment sites, and YouTube channels, and it’s clear that the libertarian resistance has been electrified by what happened at the Bundy Ranch. Ordinary citizens stood up to the federal government, and the feds backed down.

However, as most of us surmised on Saturday, this was merely a tactical retreat on the part of the BLM and the Obama administration. We are now in a “pay no attention to that man behind the curtain” situation, which is untenable from the point of view of the federal government. In order to work their will upon the American people, the feds must be seen as invincible. But they aren’t — they’ve just proven that they don’t have the guts required to gun down patriotic citizens in cold blood. They have no broad-based support among the people — all they have is fiat money and the unlimited firepower that money can buy.

The invincibility of the federal behemoth must be re-established, and quickly, so expect a Round Two. According to the following report from a reader named Warren Smith, the BLM has backed off from the Bundy Ranch, but has not departed the area. They may well be planning further operations in that part of Nevada.

Dr. Smith has written the governor of Nevada with an urgent appeal to call out the Nevada National Guard to prevent illegal federal actions. He included the following note along with enclosed emails:

Please see the below as a strategy to prevent loss of life in the developing situation in Nevada (a situation which appears to be worsening, despite the supposed resolution yesterday — see the below), and to send a clear message to the Feds to back off. Please use whatever means you have to contact and pressure the Governor of Nevada to deploy the Nevada National Guard in protection of the Bundy family, their property, and the many heroic citizens who have flocked to their aid.

Contacts:

I urge you to consider contacting the Governor through all of these means, and to consider forwarding this (or similar) information to others who will contact the Governor. I also urge you to pray that this situation is resolved rapidly and without bloodshed.

Dr. Smith’s letter to the governor of Nevada is at the bottom of this post. Below are some of the emails he has received from eyewitnesses in Nevada, which prompted him to write the letter.

Received: 12:46 PM EDT, 04/13/2014
From: [REDACTED]
To: [REDACTED]
Subject: Update: IT’S NOT OVER IN NV

Hello all you Patriots of the 912,

[REDACTED] called me this morning to inform me that the BLM has been ordered to stand down but NOT to go away. [REDACTED] arrived early in the morning and started to set up camp. They also were asked by Ryan Bundy to run security while they rescue the calves who are dying because of the stress and lack of grazing from being kept off the range. They spotted night time activity in the hills surrounding the Bundy property. After catching about an hours sleep they awoke to see three snipers skulking in the bush surrounding the camps that people have set up. The people who have been there are not leaving and more are still coming in from all over the US. The airspace over the Bundy ranch has been shut down in a 3 mile, 30,000 feet perimeter so that no private helicopters or planes can fly over to take pictures or surveil what the feds are up to. If the National Guard, the Army, the Marines or any military faction becomes involved that means they will be declaring WAR on the citizens of the United States. We are perilously close to an all out military action. So far Federal Agents are still trolling the roads, surveilling the territory and the camps in big black SUVs with blacked out windows. We need more numbers out there. There’s a Federal Express outlet in St. George, Utah on South Airport Rd. If need be get ready to send supplies. If the government decides to shut the roads down to try to contain the numbers of people coming in to take a stand the supply lines could be compromised. I will have more intel by this afternoon. Anyone out there who is involved with the III%ers or the Oath Keepers please contact me at [REDACTED]. We need to get organized. If this turns to war we need to drop everything and go. The Government is NOT GOING TO GO AWAY. This is not cool and this is not funny this is for real!

Yours Truly,
[REDACTED]

From: [REDACTED]
Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2014 5:50 PM
Subject:A person my wife knows tried to get to the site in NV

Here’s her account. She’s an attorney in LA.

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/13/2014

According to the latest polls, a majority of Scottish voters have turned against the Cameron government and are ready to vote for independence from the UK. The new nation will immediately acquire a massive load of debt, which will be only partially offset by revenues from North Sea oil.

In other news, no signals have been detected since last Tuesday from what is thought to be the black box of Flight MH370, and it is possible that the device’s batteries have finally failed.

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Canada: Nine Months in Jail for Blasphemy Against Islam

Caution: If you happen to be in Canada, and you say something in public that hurts the feelings of Muslims, you may well be sentenced to nine months in jail.

That’s what happened to Eric Brazau in Toronto. Mind you, I’ve seen a video of Mr. Brazau’s street-corner theatrics, and he also wore offensive attire, made insulting facial expressions, and laughed derisively at or in the general direction of Muslims. So he was lucky to get off so lightly. In the face of such heinous crimes, the judge was lenient — he/she/it could have thrown the book at Eric Brazau.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading and transcribing this discussion on Ezra Levant’s TV program:

Transcript:

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American Betrayal Redux

The following article by Diana West was originally published yesterday on her website.

American Betrayal Redux
by Diana West

Not one but several of the lowpoints of what Vladimir Bukovsky & Pavel Stroilov have called a “Soviet-style propaganda campaign” against American Betrayal, what Jed Babbin tagged a “disinformation campaign,” and what M. Stanton Evans has described as my “mugging” were logged by The American Thinker website edited by Thomas Lifson.

There was the (1) unsubstantiated parroting of the lies, distortions and fabrications (all debunked here) in an otherwise positive review (which, not incidentally, included the reviewer’s declaration that he was now persuaded that Harry Hopkins was an agent of Soviet influence inside the Roosevelt White House); there was the (2) rapid enforcement action by Rado publicly whacking the positive reviewer (and, of course, my book again in one of a blizzard of Rado-Horo attack pieces); there was (3,4) not one but two other attacks posted at American Thinker by writers who actually admitted in print not to have read my book at all; and (5) lowest of all, there was Thomas Lifson himself, who actually refused to run the rebuttal I wrote in response to false and unsubstantiated attacks on my scholarship contained in (1).

An ugly chapter of an ugly saga, to be sure. It would be compounded when several other writers subsequently and separately told me that their defenses of American Betrayal — or simply arguing for fair and honest dialogue about American Betrayal — were turned down at American Thinker, The party line was and is clear and inviolate. Congratulations to all concerned.

Today on Twitter someone responded to a brief blog Lifson wrote about the Sovietsky posters hanging in the home of Jay Carney and Claire Shipman by urging people to read American Betrayal to understand the phenomenon. (Thank you, @southsalem.)

I don’t know or care whether Lifson ever read or ever reads American Betrayal, but it is certainly the case that Western elites’ zest for Communist iconography is discussed in American Betrayal as a manifestation of the callous indifference to genocidal Communist crime that marks our society, a subject deeply analyzed and weighed throughout the book. There is some measure of irony to AT’s glib treatment of the topic, after everything, that somehow bears noting.

So noted. Here, then, for weekend reading, is a short excerpt from the book where the concept is introduced. The excerpt picks up after a discussion of the wrath of the Truman administration toward Whittaker Chambers for revealing the truth about Alger Hiss when, of course, Chambers deserved a medal. If an act of national-security-saving patriotism can be sundered from plaudits, it follows that multiple acts of mass murder can be sundered from condemnation. It’s all connected….

From American Betrayal, p. 63:

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/12/2014

Now that British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that his government will investigate the Muslim Brotherhood, the Brothers have decamped from Britain, and relocated their headquarters from London to Austria.

In other news, Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood elements clashed with police in Alexandria. Meanwhile, in Upper Egypt, militants launched a bomb at a hospital.

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Thanks to C. Cantoni, Egghead, Fjordman, Insubria, JD, JP, KP, RR, Steen, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

Notice to tipsters: Please don’t submit extensive excerpts from articles that have been posted behind a subscription firewall, or are otherwise under copyright protection.

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Eyeball to Eyeball — And the Feds Blinked

Why?

Why did the federal government back down and return Cliven Bundy’s cattle without firing a single shot?

Was it because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was about to be exposed in a corrupt deal with the Chinese to use federal land in Nevada for a huge solar power farm?

I don’t know the answers. But as far as I can recall, this is the first time in my lifetime the federal government has ever retreated in the face of domestic dissent by white people.

For those who have not been following the story: the Bureau of Land Management sent armored vehicles and snipers to Bunkerville, Nevada when they started to round up cattle owned by a rancher named Cliven Bundy, who is said to owe more than a million dollars in back grazing fees for pasturing his cattle on land claimed by the federal government. Mr. Bundy did not acknowledge the jurisdiction of the feds — only that of the state of Nevada and Clark County — and resisted the encroachment. Hundreds of supporters poured into Bunkerville from all over the country, many of them armed, and stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the Bundy Family against the federal government. Today the BLM backed down. It announced that in the name of public safety, it had agreed to return Mr. Bundy’s cattle and pull out.

Whatever the reason for the retreat, the feds have lost their mojo in this one, big time. Cliven Bundy and his supporters faced down federal snipers and armored vehicles without flinching. All the mojo has passed to them.

I don’t see how the federal government can allow this to stand. Expect a second act.

Make sure to read what Sipsey Street Irregulars have to say about what happened in Bunkerville.

Links to various news stories about the standoff at the Bundy ranch (yes, I know some of them are Infowars, but Infowars has been reliable on this story so far):

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See You in Strasbourg!

As regular readers know, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff is in the process of raising money for her defense fund in order to appeal her “hate speech” conviction to the European Court of Human Rights.

Although her fundraising post has gone off “sticky”, she still needs your help. If you want to see her achieve victory in Strasbourg, please visit her website and choose one of the donation options.

Elisabeth sent this note to thank all the generous people who have donated thus far:

I always like to say thanks. It means so much to me, simply because I enjoy acknowledging other people’s work. Even more so if people trust me enough to hand over some their hard-earned money to fight for what we hold most dear: our freedoms, especially our freedom of speech (including opinion and conscience).

For the past five years I have been fighting a hate speech charge, one that was later turned into a “denigration of religious teachings” charge, and — not surprisingly — have lost all the way to the Austrian supreme court. I am sure most of you already know the details of the case, and even more of you have donated to my defense fund. Without these donations, I would not have been able to pay my exceptional lawyer, Dr. Michael Rami, who has been with me all the way to the supreme court and who has represented me — and us — so valiantly. Without your donations and your generosity, I would not have been able to continue this fight, the fight for the truth, the fight for our God-given right to criticize an ideology driven to eliminate any form of equality, dissent, and our way of life.

I cannot claim to know the outcome of the petition to the European Court for Human Rights. There is no way to know, although the chances appear more favorable than those presented to us in the Austrian court system. What I can promise is that I will never cease to fight for freedom of speech. I will never accept the verdict by the Austrian court system. It is wrong. It is unjust. And most of all, it is dangerous on so many levels.

Please continue your generous support. Not only with respect to the Save Free Speech Defense Fund, but also to Gates of Vienna and Vlad Tepes, as they have been and continue to be crucial to the success of this fight against the inroads of sharia law in our legal systems.

I will never give up and I will never give in.

— Elisabeth

P.S. I also want to thank our translators JLH and Rembrandt Clancy, without whose diligent translations you would not be able to read the verdict in the English language.

JLH had this to say in the comments on Elisabeth’s fundraising post:

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Gavin Boby on the Glazov Gang

Gavin Boby of the Law and Freedom Foundation joined Jamie Glazov yesterday on “The Glazov Gang” to discuss his legal efforts to stop new mosques, and also the Islamic sexual slavery of underage white girls in the UK:

For more on Gavin Boby and the Law and Freedom Foundation, see the Law and Freedom Foundation Archives.

Hat tip: Vlad Tepes.

Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/11/2014

Tensions are still running high in Bunkerville, Nevada, where hundreds of heavily-armed federal agents from the Bureau of Land Management are surrounding the ranch of Cliven Bundy and his family. The feds claim the rancher owes them more than a million dollars in back grazing fees for pasturing his cattle on federal land. Mr. Bundy says that his family has been grazing cattle on the same acreage since 1870, before the BLM even existed, and that he does not recognize the jurisdiction of the federal government over the land. Militia members and other supporters — some of them armed — are pouring into the area from out of state.

In other news, the president of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, says that more quantitative easing by the ECB cannot be ruled out. He says he remains concerned about deflation as high unemployment in Europe continues.

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“Fascism is Rooted in Islam”

Hamed Abdel-Samad is a German-Egyptian author and an apostate from Islam. He lives under the constant threat of death, and has to have 24-hour police protection. Last week we posted a translated text interview with Mr. Abdel-Samad that was originally published in Die Welt.

Below is a television interview with Hamed Abdel-Samad from the German public broadcaster ZDF. Many thanks to Oz-Rita for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Transcript:

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Showdown in Birmingham


Left to right: George Whale, Patrick Rourke, Tim Burton, Jack Buckby, Aaron Brian

As discussed here earlier in the week, Tim Burton of LibertyGB was acquitted of a “hate speech” charge in Birmingham on Tuesday. Yesterday Mr. Burton published an account of his trial at The New English Review. Below are some excerpts:

Showdown in Birmingham
by Tim Burton

I took a last mouthful of cappuccino and glanced out of the window of the restaurant over the road from the Birmingham Magistrates’ Court. A small group of demonstrators had already arrived on the Court steps and were busy setting up placards and handing out leaflets to curious passers-by. It was time to go.

It was Tuesday 08 April, and the time was just after 09:00. I was scheduled to appear in Court 13 of the Court later that morning to answer a charge of Racially Aggravated Harassment — a charge which had been brought by the Crown Prosecution Service following my interview with West Midlands Police some four months earlier. A gentleman by the name of Fiyaz Mughal had complained that I was harassing him on Twitter by referring to him as a “Mendacious Grievance-Mongering Taqiyya-Artist” and a “Lying Muslim Scumbag” — words which I had indeed used in relation to the gentleman in question — and he had seen a chance to exact revenge by using the forces of law and order to do his dirty work for him.

A link to the case from Liberty GB is included here.

I walked across the street and introduced myself. The demonstrators with the placards and the leaflets (whom I already knew by reputation) were from Liberty GB, a political party for whom I was the Radio Officer, and there were also one or two familiar faces from other publications and political organisations that I had come to know and respect. I also recognised (from photographs in his many articles and books) Professor Hans Jansen, our expert defence witness, chatting on the courtroom steps with one or two people. The case had generated a lot of interest over the preceding four months, with the phrase “Mendacious Grievance-Mongering Taqiyya-Artist” going around the world like wildfire — a phenomenon which had generated its own cottage industry with commemorative coffee mugs and T-shirts, each emblazoned not only with the “Mendacious Grievance-Mongering Taqiyya-Artist” slogan but also with the distinctive features of Fiyaz Mughal himself.


The Fiyaz Mughal Mendacious
Grievance-Mongering Taqiyya-Artist keychain

It was now 09:30 — time for me to present myself at the Court. I walked up the steps into the main building, an imposing edifice built in Victorian times and originally known as the Victoria Law Courts. As I walked through the door, past the security screening device, the two imposing gentlemen wielding metal detectors and the sign saying “No Knives Allowed”, I reflected on the many generations of people who had come here to answer similar charges and wondered if they had felt as I did — a feeling of awe at the magnificence of the surroundings combined with a certain trepidation at the prospect of facing serious jail time.

For make no mistake, the charge of Racially Aggravated Harassment is not one to be dismissed lightly. On conviction, the penalty may be up to £5000 and six months imprisonment. One might think that this is somewhat over-the-top for the heinous crime of calling a Mendacious Grievance-Mongering Taqiyya-Artist a — well, a Mendacious Grievance-Mongering Taqiyya-Artist — but apparently there is “A Lot Of This Going Around” according the Crown Prosecution Service, and they wanted to put a stop to it. Never mind that the right to free speech is one of our fundamental freedoms and the cornerstone of a free democracy — if it offends one of our protected minority species then it must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law — or so the current thinking goes today, influenced as it is by the twin evils of political correctness and multiculturalism.

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Fjordman: Sweden’s Totalitarian Face

Fjordman’s latest essay has been published at FrontPage Mag. Some excerpts are below:

On April 4 2014, in Malmö District Court in Sweden, the provocative artist Dan Park was sentenced to three months in jail for hate speech (“hets mot folkgrupp”) for his works of art. The prosecutor even wanted the artist examined for mental illness, similar to the way Communist dictatorships have treated dissidents. The court did not support this suggestion, however. Park and his defense lawyer have indicated that they will appeal the verdict.

Ingrid Carlqvist, the editor of the newspaper Dispatch International, commented that the verdict essentially amounts to a ban on satire in Sweden, at least if the satire involves ideologically protected immigrant groups.

At the same time, and with a heavy heart, Carlqvist announced her own decision to leave her native Sweden. The repressive and totalitarian atmosphere in the country has simply become intolerable, especially if you happen to be a critic of Islamization, Multiculturalism or mass immigration. You then run a real risk of physical attacks. The level of political violence as well as street crime is only rivaled by the level of ideological censorship and repression. In combination, this has created a society plagued by levels of tension that are growing increasingly dangerous.

Malmö is Sweden’s third largest city. It is set to become the first Scandinavian town with a Muslim majority population. In recent years, it has achieved a certain notoriety for its crime problems.

The wave of robberies the city has witnessed is part of a “ war against Swedes.” This was the explanation given by young robbers with immigrant background for why they are robbing native Swedes. The sociologist Petra Åkesson interviewed boys between 15 and 17 years old, both individually and in groups. “When we are in the city and robbing, we are waging a war, waging a war against the Swedes.” This argument was repeated several times. “Power for me means that Swedes shall look at me, lie down on the ground and kiss my feet.” The boys explained, laughingly, that “We rob every single day, as much as we want to, whenever we want to.”

Yet suggesting that the ongoing rise in violent crime might have something to do with mass immigration of alien and aggressive cultures is quite literally banned by law. In March 2007 during a rally supported by SSU (the Social Democratic Youth League) a man carried a sign reading, “While Swedish girls are being gang raped by immigrant gangs the SSU is fighting racism.” He was promptly arrested and later sentenced to a fine. His crime? He had “expressed disrespect for a group of people with reference to their national or ethnic background.” The local court rejected the man’s free speech argument because even free speech has its limits, and he had clearly acted in too provocative a manner.

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