Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/31/2008

Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/31/2008So much news tonight — no time to list it all.

Thanks to C. Cantoni, Gaia, Insubria, JD, Rolf Krake, TV, VH, Vlad Tepes, and all the other tipsters who sent these in. Headlines and articles are below the fold.

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Ex-CIA Expert: Obama Took Millions in Illegal Foreign Donations
FCC Probe Signals Democratic Attack Machine
Obama is Pure Socialist
Robert Spencer’s Radical Agenda
Possible Solution to Cultural Conflict in Canada. Halaloween!
Europe and the EU
Energy: Spain, Fraud Suspected on Wind and Solar Power
Italy: Immigration Now ‘Structural’ Says New Report
Slovenia Rejects Brussels Criticism of Toll Payments
Spain: No to Referendum; We Shall Not Give Up, Ibarretxe
UK: Elderly Man Foils Jewellery Raid
UK: Passports Will be Needed to Buy Mobile Phones
Croatia: Murdered Journalists, Possible Emergency Measures
EU-Croatia: Slovenia Halts Zagreb’s Adhesion
Mediterranean Union
Building the European Empire
Education: Five New Schools in East Jerusalem With EU Funds
Italy-Turkey: Fini, Preferential Relationship With Ankara
PNA: EU to Provide Better Access to Water
North Africa
Egypt: Defense Abandons Harassment Victim, ‘She is Israeli’
Israel and the Palestinians
Gaza Rocket Strikes Israel; Cargo Crossings Closed
Israel-Egypt: Lieberman, Mubarak Can Go to the Devil
Mideast: Gaza, Dozens of Hamas Car Bombs Ready to Attack
Mideast: Keshev, If Peace Collapsing Media Partly to Blame
Middle East
Amman Stock Exchange Loses 60% as Panic Hits Investors
Death Penalty: Saudi Arabia; Beheaded, Beat Wife to Death
Dubai Radio Fires DJ for Mocking God
Fatwa Gives Women the Right to Hit Husbands
Jordan: Foreign Workers Suffer Serious Abuse, Says Rights Group
Saudi Arabia Sues International Tobacco Agents
South Asia
Fr. Bernard Digal Dies, India Mourns Another Martyr of Orissa
Indonesia: Radical Islamic Leader Jailed Over Violent Rally
Minorities Accuse Nepalese Government of Favoring Hinduism
Pakistan: Sick Wedding of Kids Aged 5 & 7
The Indonesian Parliament Adopts Anti-Pornography Bill
Australia — Pacific
Police Chiefs Disarm Australian ‘Reservoir Dogs’ Squad Who Wore Black Suits, Sunglasses and Beat Up Criminals
Immigration: Greece and Malta Hope for Cooperation
Immigrants: Rules Change for Reunions
Culture Wars
Switzerland: Museum Chief Sacked Over Crucified Frog
Libya-USA: USD 1.5 Bln for Terrorist Victims
MIT Scientists Baffled by Global Warming Theory, Contradicts Scientific Data


Ex-CIA Expert: Obama Took Millions in Illegal Foreign Donations

A Newsmax investigation of Obama/Biden campaign contributors, undertaken in conjunction with a private investigative firm headed by a former CIA operations officer, has identified 118 donors who appear to lack U.S. citizenship.

Some of these “red flag” donors work for foreign governments; others have made public statements declaring that they are citizens of Cameroun, Nigeria, Pakistan, Canada, and other countries.

A Newsmax sampling of about 3,400 donors also found hundreds more who showed “yellow flags” such as not having used a Social Security number or a known U.S. address. Most U.S.-born citizens are issued Social Security numbers at birth or by the time they enter kindergarten.

Under federal law, only U.S. citizens or permanent residents may donate to federal political campaigns. It is illegal for the campaigns to accept money knowingly from foreign donors.

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Eyewitness to the Ayers Revolution

In an interview from the 1982 documentary No Place To Hide that recently surfaced, Grathwohl discussed what the Weathermen intended to do after overthrowing the U.S. government, including what they would do with those Americans who refused to embrace communism.

I asked, “Well what is going to happen to those people we can’t reeducate, that are diehard capitalists?” And the reply was that they’d have to be eliminated.

And when I pursued this further, they estimated they would have to eliminate 25 million people in these reeducation centers.

And when I say “eliminate,” I mean “kill.”

Twenty-five million people.

I want you to imagine sitting in a room with 25 people, most of which have graduate degrees, from Columbia and other well-known educational centers, and hear them figuring out the logistics for the elimination of 25 million people.

And they were dead serious.

Twenty-six years later, I caught up with Larry Grathwohl, and asked him about the Weathermen, their leaders then and now, and what he thinks about the relationship between Bill Ayers and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

FCC Probe Signals Democratic Attack Machine

A Federal Communications Commission investigation of on-air military analysts is providing a glimpse of what Democrats and an Obama administration will do to critics once they capture Washington.

The FCC has sent letters to some of the nation’s most prominent military analysts — some of them pro-President Bush and pro-war — suggesting they may have broken the law when they appeared on television stations to comment on and explain the war on terrorism.

The FCC investigation raises the question of whether a Democrat-controlled Congress and White House next year will investigate — and perhaps criminalize — all sorts of actions taken by the Bush administration. Obama is leading in all presidential polls, while Democrats are set to greatly increase their hold on the House and Senate.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Obama is Pure Socialist

Sen. Obama has complained recently that he is being called a socialist.

In fact, he joked that the McCain camp might call him a communist because he used to share his peanut butter sandwiches in elementary school.

Of course, the senator cannot be accused of being a communist because he shared sandwiches during his elementary school years. A true communist would not share the sandwiches but instead would confiscate all the sandwiches in the lunch room for distribution among the party members.

In order to remain politically correct, I will use the “duck” instead of “socialist” so as not to offend anyone.

It is clear that Obama quacks like a duck. His off-the-cuff reply to Joe the plumber, noting that his planned tax increases are aimed at “sharing the wealth,” is a classic duck line that comes directly out of duck policy. Karl Marx wrote the book on duck politics and redistribution of wealth is a primary duck goal. ….

Another duck policy is to fly away from danger instead of confronting it head on. Obama’s duck national defense policy is based on cutting the military in favor of funding domestic welfare programs. Obama has pledged to cut future weapons purchases such as the F-35 joint strike fighter.

Ironically, several of America’s key allies, such as Australia, the United Kingdom, and Israel, are depending on the U.S. to develop the F-35. The U.S. Air Force and Navy expect to phase out 30-year-old aircraft in favor of the advanced stealth jet. Nothing would please America’s enemies more than seeing the F-35 canceled.

Obama has also made it very clear that he will cancel our national missile defense program, despite the rapid development of long range weapons around the world that can strike America and our allies. Again, our allies across the globe are depending on the U.S. to help develop a real defense against ballistic missiles.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Red Alert Tip: Two Quotes From the Obama-Khalidi Videotape

…I received a tip from a person who has provided useful, accurate and unique data from LA before (e.g., “All six of CNN’s ‘undecided voters’ were Democratic operatives”). Take it for what it’s worth, but I believe this person is on target.

Saw a clip from the tape. Reason we can’t release it is because statements Obama said to rile audience up during toast. He congratulates Khalidi for his work saying “Israel has no God-given right to occupy Palestine” plus there’s been “genocide against the Palestinian people by Israelis.”

It would be really controversial if it got out. That’s why they will not even let a transcript get out.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Robert Spencer’s Radical Agenda

by Hira Ahmed

Last Thursday, the President of Stony Brook University’s The Patriot, Alex Chamessian, introduced the paper’s invited guest speaker, Robert Spencer, a man whose views many may not agree with but should still be respected for what they are. Spencer approached the podium, thanking Chamessian for the introduction and added that his lecture was on Jihad (an Arabic word meaning “for struggle”) was not a compilation of his views, but rather “truth,” that could not be disputed. This was the first sign of one-sidedness in Spencer’s lecture, which by the end of his rant, began to sound like full-fledged bigotry.

Spencer, an author of several books on Islam and a contributing writer for FrontPage magazine, conducted an hour-long speech about how Islam’s fundamentals and the teachings of its prophet Muhammad, preach destruction of Western values, ideals, and culture. Needless to say, the lecture quickly began to sound like a post-9/11 President Bush speech, with the added adornment of hijacked quotes from the Qu’ran and Hadith (the sayings and teachings of Muhammad).

Spencer, who was very quick to quote the Qu’ran in substantiating his biased arguments, is not a scholar in the field; he has not received any formal education in Islamic studies, nor is he fluent in Arabic. He does, however, have a Master’s degree in Christianity. These two traits may seem menial to anyone who is self-taught in any subject or ability, but they have an immense impact on an individual’s understanding of people and a faith.

Firstly, Arabic is widely known to be a nuanced language that is often lost in translation. Secondly, one who seeks to self-educate in a field bears the responsibility of selecting literature that is well balanced. Considering the virulent words of Spencer about Islam, it is evident that he was learning about Islam with an agenda. But most importantly, on the subject of hijacking quotes from religious doctrine, such can be done with any religious book.

The wrongdoings and atrocities committed by everyone in all of Western civilization for the past 2,000 years could be attributed to the sayings and teachings of Christ and the Bible, if the attempt was made. However, it is understood that the failures and crimes of people in Western society were a reflection of their own failure to adhere to the teachings of Christ, rather than a reflection of Christ and Christianity itself. In the same way, many Muslims around the world have committed wrongdoings, both in and not in the name of God, but they too should not be a reflection of Islam and Muhammad.

Spencer’s website,, features an article called “Saudi Calls for Interfaith in Context,” in which King Abdullah’s efforts to engage in interfaith dialogue, which even right-wing Israeli politician Ehud Barrak responded to optimistically, were criticized. The criticism isn’t what is surprising about the article, though, it is the repeated “typo” Saudi Sheik, Adbul Rahman Barrak’s name as “Barack.” In fact, there is even a link to an article on that correctly spells his name. This cheap, subliminal ploy to associate Obama with Arab culture is a testament to Spencer’s extremist agenda.

Spencer is a caricature of himself and the ignorant people who read things the way they want, rather than challenging themselves to develop a thorough understanding of the subject. His efforts to protect America from Islam’s alleged goal to destroy the West — while its followers take a break from being honest, charitable citizens of their society who are good to their neighbors — are nothing but transparent. Spencer takes advantage of mainstream America’s ignorance about Islam and Islamic history, and spreads politically incorrect propaganda instead. I don’t know what is more appalling, that a university newspaper would compromise its respect and credibility to invite such a bigot, or that his audience would ever take him seriously. The real service to America would be to condemn such hatred towards Islam.

Spencer and I do agree on one thing, we live in a wonderful country that gives faux-scholars like him a forum to speak in and express his hateful ideas, but we also live in a country in which we have infinite knowledge and differing views at our disposal. When we encounter hateful people as Spencer who prey on our impressionability we should challenge them, not by engaging their bias, but rather by becoming knowledgeable individuals.

           — Hat tip: Rolf Krake [Return to headlines]


Possible Solution to Cultural Conflict in Canada. Halaloween!

As various Canadian agencies work hard to disintegrate all Canadian traditions culture and common bonds in the name of tolerance and diversity an idea occurred to me. Why not make it inclusive instead of exclusive. Lets create Halaloween. Women can walk the streets in their burkhas (with their husbands brothers or fathers of course) Threatening people who try and give them candies.

Kids can go as suicide bombers and knock on doors with the traditional cry of Alahu snackbar or ‘death to the infidels.’ If there are any pork products in any of the candies they can pull the cord…

           — Hat tip: Vlad Tepes [Return to headlines]

Europe and the EU

Energy: Spain, Fraud Suspected on Wind and Solar Power

(by Paola Del Vecchio) (ANSAmed) — MADRID, OCTOBER 24 — The suspicion is that behind Spain’s boom in alternative energy, an enormous fraud is being played out in order to obtain millions in government subsidies. It is for this reason that the ministry of Industry and the National Energy Commission (CNE) have decided to open an investigation that calls for the inspection of all wind and solar installations on the Iberian Peninsula. The investigation, reported by the media today, is only administrative for the moment, but it is not excluded that there will be penal implications. The objective of the inspections is to determine if the installations are effectively producing electricity, which is what the managers say in order to receive government money. The CNE, on its own initiative, already began the inspections in the last few days of some wind energy ‘parks’ to verify the production of the electricity that was declared. But it has now been charged by the Ministry of Industry to make the same checks at solar energy establishments, which have popped up like mushrooms since 2007. Both cases have the same problem: more installations are registered in regional records than those that appear to be functioning through checks on the electricity grid. The ministries, however, note that it isn’t a given that these are phantom establishments. They can also be installations that haven’t started regular functioning as yet, even if the date of start-up is all but secondary. On September 30, in fact, the new decree regulating solar energy sector funding came into effect. The decree reduces the generous subsidies set out by the previous bill on power plants by 35%, in an attempt to contain the exponential growth in number recorded for solar energy, and a source of overpriced energy for consumers. The boom began in 2007, in connection with the announcement of the cut in benefits. And now shape has been given to suspicion that some energy producers might have accelerated the registration process at authorities, able to make decisions autonomously, in order to benefit from the previous rules of the game, which handed out 45 eurocents per kilowatt, compared to the 35 eurocents per kilowatt laid out by the new law. The Industry ministry counted 2,200 megawatts of photovoltaic electricity presumably operating, with the right to receive the benefit until the September 30, to which were added about another 1000 authorisations from autonomous communities, that had until October 29 to supply their definitive listings. Practically, ministerial sources point out, almost twice the 2,000 megawatts they initially estimated. The inspections are to certify that the installations are really working and that they are found in the locations listed on the licenses. There is even the suspicion that some solar ‘parks’ are moved to different locations to receive the benefits twice. The inspections will take place primarily in the regions of Castilla-La Manca, Castilla y Leon, Valencia, Navarra, Murcia and Andalusia, as they have the most units installed. CNE will investigate the windmills produced at the end of 2007 too, as they have had a tendency to function at very reduced capacities. In this case, like the first, subsidies were lowered by the decree of May 2007.(ANSAmed).

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Italy: Immigration Now ‘Structural’ Says New Report

Rome, 30 Oct. (AKI) — There are now four million legal immigrants living in Italy — twice the number recorded in 2000 — and immigration is becoming a “structural” phenomenon, according to a new report by two Catholic charities. The report was presented in Rome on Thursday by Catholic charities Caritas and Fondazione Migrantes.

Italy’s immigrant population is growing at an annual rate of at least 350,000 people a year, and is playing an indispensable role in the Italian economy. But speakers at the conference said the country needs to do far more to welcome and integrate immigrants.

Piergiorgio Saviola from the Fondazione Migrantes drew parallels between current immigration to Italy and the mass emigration of Italians especially after World War II, when over 300,000 people annually left the country to escape poverty and encountered “contempt and humiliation” in their adopted countries.

“We should draw on our 150-year-long experience of being immigrants and respect foreigners,” said Saviola.

Franco Pitau, who co-ordinated the 2008 report, said that the current rate of immigration was “becoming structural”.

Over half of legal immigrants — or 56 percent — live in the industrial northern regions of Lombardy, Veneto, Piemonte and Emiglia Romagna, 12.1 percent in the central Lazio region surrounding the capital, Rome, and 8 percent in Tuscany, according to the report.

“Immigration is a national matter of fact, affecting the wealthy Lombardy region and the poor region of Sardinia,” Pittau noted, adding that Romanians form the largest immigrant group (close to 900,000), followed by Albanians (436,300) and Morocco (398,500).

Many legal immigrants are working as domestic assistants, in the building sectors, in factories and in agriculture. But increasing numbers are working in the transport sector, in bars, hotels and offices in “a sign of the need for immigrant manpower,” noted Pittau.

Immigrants have a much higher rate of employment (73 percent) than Italians (61 percent), and contribute 9 percent of Italy’s gross domestic product. Contrary to popular misconceptions, immigrants pay their way, contributing in 2007 over 3.7 billion euros in taxes, said Pittau.

“Immigrants are contributing to Italians’ pensions and Italy’s future is unthinkable without them,” said Pittau.

Italy’s national statistics institute, ISTAT, has forecast that by 2050, immigrants will make up 18 percent of Italy’s population, compared with 6.7 percent currently and there will be 22 million pensioners.

“Yet in Italy, there is so much fear of foreigners, something unjustified when you think how immigrants are contributing to the country’s wealth,” he said.

Instead of branding immigrants as responsible for rising crime in Italy, individual criminals and the criminal organisations operating in the country need to be identified, he argued.

From 2001-2005, the proportion of crimes committed by immigrants (both legal and illegal) rose from 17.4 percent to 23.7 percent, while the number of legal immigrants in Italy increased from 1.33 million to 2.6 million, according to the report.

Giuseppe Merisi, Bishop of Lodi and President of Caritas Italiana praised the rigourous gathering of statistics on immigration “as a safeguard against factiousness”.

“We should not deny the risks to security, but nor should we exaggerate these,” he said. “Italy can do more to welcome and integrate immigrants.”

Pittau called for concrete measures to aid immigrants, including the streamlining of visas and permits of stay application procedures, as well as those enabling immigrants to bring members of their families to join them in Italy

Despite the global economic downturn affecting Italy and other countries, Italy’s integration fund is a mere 5.1 million euros, compared with 300 million euros in Spain and 750 million euros in Germany, Pittau noted.

Integration has reached its best level so far in Italy, said Labour Minister, Maurizio Sacconi. But he warned that economic recession could place under severe strain the country’s “multi-ethnic society” and generate “a growing risk of intolerance” towards immigrants.

While the government will endeavour to bolster economic output and growth, Italy could see long-term unemployment that may jeopardise work prospects for immigrants and affect “the most vulnerable groups”, he said.

“Italy needs realistic, more effective immigration policies that involve training and selection in countries of origin and transparent immigration channels,” he said.

Sacconi said that he would take into account the worsening economic outlook when deciding how many immigrants to admit to Italy for the period 2007-2009.

Over 700,000 applications were made in 2007, he noted. “We cannot waste scarce resources, and must concentrate these on the acquisition of the Italian language, on housing and on regular employment,” he concluded.

           — Hat tip: C. Cantoni [Return to headlines]

Slovenia Rejects Brussels Criticism of Toll Payments

(ANSAmed) — LJUBLJANA, OCTOBER 29 — Slovenia today rejected criticisms by the European Commission over the introduction of tickets for motorway tollbooths, in effect since 1st July, maintaining that “the current system in no way represents discrimination against motorists who do not live in Slovenia”, but are in transit. The Ljubljana Government announced today. In the “first caution” in Ljubljana written at the beginning of October, Brussels stated that the tickets penalised European citizens using Slovenian motorways (411 km in total) only sporadically, once or twice a year, given that the system “does not provide short-term tickets, between seven and ten days”, but only for a minimum of six months at a cost of 35 euros, or yearly, costing 55 euros. Tourists coming from Austria and Germany, Croatia, Greece and Turkey were especially displeased with this last summer, as were Croatians who have to go through Slovenian territory to reach any EU country. The Commission asked Ljubljana to introduce short-term tickets. The Slovenian Government maintains that this is not a violation of the principle of free movement of persons and goods, or indirect discrimination based on nationality, and used the example of Slovenian citizens who “use motorways only occasionally”. The Centre-Left coalition which is to form the new Government in the next few days under Boris Pahor let it be known however that “the new executive will take into consideration the introduction of short-term tickets”, thus ending the dispute with Austria and Croatia who went to the European Commission in order to avoid court proceedings. (ANSAmed).

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Spain: No to Referendum; We Shall Not Give Up, Ibarretxe

(ANSAmed) — MADRID, SEPTEMBER 12 — “We respect the ruling, but we shall not resign ourselves” was the comment made by head of the Basque government Juan Jose Ibarretxe regarding the ruling of illegitimacy issued by the Constitutional Court in relation to the law on Basque referendum on self-determination, news agency EFE reported. In his statement, Ibarretxe defined the court’s ruling as “democratic disregard”. In turn, Basque councillor for justice, Joseba Azkarraga, assured today that “the process does not end with the decision of the Constitutional Court nor of the Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg,” which he confirmed the Basque government will resort to, after the rejection to the project for referendum on the “right to decide” of the Basque people. (ANSAmed).

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

UK: Elderly Man Foils Jewellery Raid

The bravest OAP: As everyone else watches, an elderly man foils jewellery raid by unmasking hammer-wielding hoodie

A gutsy poppy-wearing pensioner foiled a raid on a jewellery shop when he ripped the balaclava off a hoodie wielding a sledgehammer. The elderly man wrestled the robber and unmasked him, shocking the offender and his accomplice so much that they discarded their weapons and fled empty-handed.

The man, who appeared to be in his 70s or 80s, was the only person who intervened despite a crowd of 50 onlookers standing by. The have-a-go hero moved forward as the two attackers pounded the reinforced windows of the Richmond branch of Ernest Jones up to 20 times yesterday afternoon in the busy shopping area of George Street.

Witnesses said the pair were so stunned by the intervention they ran off.

The pensioner then smiled at the crowd before casually getting on the bus…

           — Hat tip: VH [Return to headlines]

UK: Passports Will be Needed to Buy Mobile Phones

Everyone who buys a mobile telephone will be forced to register their identity on a national database under government plans to extend massively the powers of state surveillance.

Phone buyers would have to present a passport or other official form of identification at the point of purchase. Privacy campaigners fear it marks the latest government move to create a surveillance society.

A compulsory national register for the owners of all 72m mobile phones in Britain would be part of a much bigger database to combat terrorism and crime. Whitehall officials have raised the idea of a register containing the names and addresses of everyone who buys a phone in recent talks with Vodafone and other telephone companies, insiders say.

The move is targeted at monitoring the owners of Britain’s estimated 40m prepaid mobile phones. They can be purchased with cash by customers who do not wish to give their names, addresses or credit card details…

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Croatia: Murdered Journalists, Possible Emergency Measures

(ANSAmed) — ZAGREB, OCTOBER — Croatia has been profoundly shaken by the terrorist attack last night which claimed the lives of Ivo Pukanic and Niko Franjic, leaders of the weekly political journal, Nacional. Both the press and politicians are now talking about “terrorism by organised crime”, “emergency measures” and the “halt of Croatia’s journey towards becoming part of the European Union”. “There is no need to decree a state of emergency”, said the prime minister, Ivo Sanader, this morning at the end of an unexpected meeting of the National Security Council, but “there will be some special steps taken to assist in the fight against organised crime and corruption”. The decision to introduce an “anti-mafia” had already been made two weeks ago following the death of a young female lawyer whose father was the lawyer of an ex-General accused of having ties with the Croatian mafia. The press in Zagreb is unanimous today in its condemnation of the killing of Ivo Pukanic, journalist and leader of Nacional, and his close colleague, Niko Franjic. “Terrorism!” is the sole word on the front page of the national newspaper, Jutarnji list, claiming that initial indications already point to “the victory of organised crime and yet another defeat for the State”. On this same theme, another newspaper, Vecernji list, leads with: “Crime takes over”. In the meantime, the Police has made it known that the magistracies of almost all the Balkan countries are taking part in the investigations. (ANSAmed).

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

EU-Croatia: Slovenia Halts Zagreb’s Adhesion

(ANSAmed) — BRUSSELS, OCTOBER 30 — Slovenia has slowed down once again Croatia’s process for joining the EU, after the fishing controversy which was resolved some months ago. At the adhesion conference today which should have opened four new chapters in the adhesion Treaty, just one was closed, temporarily, due to a veto by Ljubljana which has a dispute with Zagreb over borders. Dossiers for regional policy, justice, liberty and security, environment and the free circulation of capital remain waiting to be opened, despite strong pressure from the French Presidency which was hoping to give them the go-ahead today. “Croatia has no intention allowing bilateral problems interfere with the process of adhesion to the EU and we expect the member states to do the same” said chief negotiator Vladimir Drobnjak at the end of the meeting with EU representatives. Slovenia justified its veto by saying that the current Government is not in a position to take decisions on foreign matters, as it is an executive which is working on day-to-day business while it waits for the change of government following September’s elections. Slovenia and Croatia, two former Yugoslavian republics have still not reached agreement over land and sea borders after independence in 1991. The documents sent by Zagreb to Brussels for opening the four chapters refer to Croatian laws which jeopardise the setting of these borders. The reason why Ljubljana refuses to sign. Croatia has opened 21 chapters so far, 4 of which are already closed, and it is set to become the twenty-eighth EU member state. (ANSAmed).

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Mediterranean Union

Building the European Empire

By Alexandra Colen

Six years ago, when Belgian Minister Louis Michel addressed the Belgian Foreign Affairs Committee, on November 12, 2002, he explained that the EU intended to incorporate the whole of North Africa and the Middle East, but also Russia. In other words, the entire northern half of Asia as far as Vladivostok, is to be incorporated into the EU.

If that happens, Sarah Palin will be seeing Europe from her window instead of Russia.

At the time, many thought that Mr Michel was voicing his own dream of a political Utopia. Today, however, it seems that this dream is under construction. On October 13th, the EU granted Morocco an “advanced association status.” It is the first special association status granted by the EU to a third country and it is meant to be a step towards fully integrating Morocco in the EU.

From now on, the Moroccan minister of Foreign Affairs will be allowed to participate in the EU Foreign Affairs Council of Ministers and in other EU institutions such as Europol, the European Police Office, and Eurojust, the EU body dealing with judicial cooperation. Israel is said to be the next candidate to obtain a “special association status” with the EU…

           — Hat tip: TV [Return to headlines]

Education: Five New Schools in East Jerusalem With EU Funds

(ANSAmed) — BRUSSELS, OCTOBER 21 — The European Commission together with Save the Children Sweden and the Faisal Husseini Foundation celebrated today the renovation of five schools in East Jerusalem, through funding provided by the European Union (EU). The renovation of all five schools under the Comprehensive School Upgrading project included the upgrading of electricity networks, sanitation facilities, sewage systems, carpentry and mechanical works and general classroom conditions (paint, floors, and ceilings). The project also provided the schools with new school equipment that included computers, fax, and copy machines, in addition to school management software. Furthermore, the schools are benefiting through educational support that includes extracurricular classes and training for teachers, support to headmasters in school vision development, and training for teachers and school counselors with a focus on learning disabilities and other special needs. The schools, Al Nahda, St. Dimitri school, St. Tarkmanchatz Secondary School, Dar Al Awlad, and Al Doha, are located in the Old City of Jerusalem and its surrounding area. The project is part of an ongoing 2 million euro programme, financed by the European Union, to help improve the infrastructure and provision of services to the people of East Jerusalem.(ANSAmed).

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Italy-Turkey: Fini, Preferential Relationship With Ankara

(ANSAmed) — ANKARA, OCTOBER 31 — “The preferential relationship with Turkey is for Italy a vital reference to a country that represents a fundamental bastion of stability and democracy in a complex and difficult international setting”. So stated Gianfranco Fini, Speaker of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, attending the closing ceremony of the European twinning ceremony with the Turkish Great National Assembly. “The fight against terrorism and the commitment for the sake of peace and development at the bilateral level and in multilateral bodies represent the fundamental objectives that inspire a common view of international politics”. Fini, who spoke with Koksal Toptan, the Speaker of the Turkish Great National Assembly, at his side, noted “bilateral relations between the (Italian) Chamber and the Turkish Parliament had never been so intense and fruitful before”. This parliamentary cooperation, he said, reflected the relationship between “two great Nations linked by centuries of history and very intense political, cultural and economic relations”. Both belong to the Mediterranean region and moreover they share a call to be a ‘bridge’ between different cultures, “relevant more than ever today”. Referring to the project of setting up an Italian-Turkish Unversity in Istanbul, the Italian House Speaker strssed that “economic relations with Turkey represent a strategic option for Italy”. These relations ranged from the manufacturing industry to energy and services and included the level of small and medium size enterprises. Therefore, they do represent “a very solid reality”. “The Italian Parliament and the Turkish Parliament — Fini said — have a lot to say to each other since they both play a major role in guaranteeing in any circumstance national unity by menas of the dialogue among their different components.” “They do, therefore — he concluded — a smimilar ability to act as a bridge between the different institutions also at a critical time for political life. We will walk side by side along the road taking Turkey, engaged in the necessary reforms, toward the European Union, to finish the historical design which Atatruk started by founding the Republic right here in Ankara 85 years ago”. (ANSAmed).

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

PNA: EU to Provide Better Access to Water

(ANSAmed) — BRUSSELS, OCTOBER 28 — Residents in five municipalities will have better access to safe water with the construction of new water distribution networks, funded by the European Union. The Palestinian Water Authority, which will oversee the project, has now awarded all contracts for this improvement scheme, using a 4 million euro contribution from the European Union, provided through its PEGASE mechanism. The networks will be built in Kufr al Deek and Beit Dajan (Nablus district) and Beit Furik and Burqin (Salfeet District). The total length of both networks is 28.1 km. A 1,500 m3 water reservoir will also be built in the Idna Municipality, in the Governorate of Hebron. The three contracts will provide safer water to 54,144 residents.(ANSAmed).

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

North Africa

Egypt: Defense Abandons Harassment Victim, ‘She is Israeli’

(ANSAmed) — ROMA, OCTOBER — An Egyptian harassment victim, who made history as being the first ever to bring the man who harassed her to court and to actually win a verdict, was abandoned by her own lawyer over “carrying an Israeli passport”. Three days after the culprit was sentenced to 3 years in jail for groping the young woman in the street, defense attorney Naglaa al-Imam lashed out at her client after finding out that she carries an Israeli passport, Egyptian independent daily al-Masry al-Youm reported, as quoted by Explaining reasons for turning against her client and switching over to represent the harasser in the appeal, Imam said she “investigated about Roshdi and found out that she was born in Jafa, north of Tel Aviv, and that her father still lives there”.Imam further told the paper that during a TV interview the woman said “Israel was a respectable country” when asked whether sexual harassment also takes place there. The woman, a young film directer, was harassed by a truck driver in the Cairo district of Heliopolis. According to the verdict, while walking with a friend of hers, Gibril approached her and grabbed her breasts till she fell to the ground. In an unprecedented step, Roshdi insisted on taking him to court, thus bringing about the first harassment ruling in the history of Egyptian judiciary. In October 21, Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Gibril to 3 years in jail with hard labor and a fine of 5,001 Egyptian pounds. The trial turned into a demonstration by women and human rights activists who condemned the humiliation Egyptian women are subjected to in the street and their fear of disgrace. (ANSAmed).

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Israel and the Palestinians

Gaza Rocket Strikes Israel; Cargo Crossings Closed

Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip have fired a rocket into southern Israel in violation of a 4-month-old truce, but the strike did not cause any injuries or damage. The Israeli Defense Ministry has responded Thursday by snapping shut cargo crossings into Gaza until further notice.

Hezbollah Palestine, a little-known group, has claimed responsibility. It first emerged last week when it claimed responsibility for an Oct. 21 rocket attack. Rocket barrages from Gaza have largely ceased since Israel reached a truce with militants in the territory in June…

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Israel-Egypt: Lieberman, Mubarak Can Go to the Devil

(ANSAmed) — JERUSALEM, OCTOBER 29 — The leader of an Israeli opposition party has unleashed a hornet’s nest protest and dismay among Israeli Government circles after affirming that Egypt’s President Hosny Mubarak “can go to the devil” for his long-standing refusal to visit the Hebrew state. In a speech delivered to the Knesset, Avigdor Lieberman, leader of the Russian-speaking Israel Beitenu party (right-wing opposition), used the following turn of phrase: “Our leaders go repeatedly to Egypt to meet President Mubarak, while he refuses to come here on an official visit as President of Egypt. Any leader having a modicum of dignity would have made these meetings conditional on their being reciprocated”. “If (Mubarak) wants to speak to us, he should come here. If he doesn’t want to come, let him go to the devil”. >From the office of President Shimon Peres, who met Mubarak just a few days ago at Sharm El-Sheikh, came the note that Lieberman’s choice of words was “inopportune” and did not reflect the relations existing between the two countries. Foreign Ministry sources stated that Lieberman’s pronouncements “are ill-chosen”. Political sources cited by public service radio called them “superfluous”, stressing at the same time “the strategic importance” that relations with Egypt have for Israel. Across the whole of his 27-year presidency of Egypt, Mubarak has always avoided visiting Israel in an official capacity; his only visit, lasting a few hours, was to attend the funeral of assassinated Premier Yitzhak Rabin, in November 1995 in Jerusalem. (ANSAmed).

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Mideast: Gaza, Dozens of Hamas Car Bombs Ready to Attack

(ANSAmed) — TEL AVIV, OCTOBER 27 — The military leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip were preparing a bold attack at Israel and getting ready dozens of car bombs, the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot prominently reported today. Hamas, according to Israeli intelligence sources, aimed at breaking through the border, seize Israeli soldiers or civilians, either dead or alive, and take them to the Gaza Strip. The purpose of this action was reportedly to be able to negotiate with Israel an exchange and win the release of members of the armed wing of Hamas, currently jailed in Israel. The newspaper reported the ‘Nusseirat Squad’ of the armed wing of Hamas recently simulated an attack including the seizure of Israeli troops. A total of 44 militants took part in the exercise. The daily reported Hamas’ military strategists decided also to resort to race motorcycles in their attacks, taking the hint from Lebanon’s Hezbollah. These motorcycles were smuggled into Gaza recently trough illegal tunnels dug into Egypt’s Sinai. Israel’s intelligence reported Sunday they seized a Hamas militant who planned to drug and seize an Israeli soldier along the border between Israel and Egypt and take him prisoner to Gaza. (ANSAmed).

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Mideast: Keshev, If Peace Collapsing Media Partly to Blame

(ANSAmed) — MILAN, OCTOBER 28 — “The Israeli media is partly responsible in the collapse of the peace process”: is the opinion of Yizhar Béer, director of Keshev, the Israeli centre responsible for monitoring the sector and producing research and reports on the use of language in newspapers in Middle Eastern countries. An excess of ‘patriotism’ in periods of military crisis and an exaggerated simplification regarding the complexity of the conflict: these major defects were detected in Keshev’s work, today, working together with Palestinian centre, Miftah in a seminar in Milan. A problem, explained Beér, which is not absent in the Palestinian press either. The media on both sides, said Beér, has different sizes and impacts: “In Israel, the three top newspapers sell one million copies and are highly professional, for the Palestinians, sales amount to only tens of thousands of copies”. According to Lilian Feidy, secretary general of Miftah, who carries out work that is analogous to what is done by Keshev, says that low professional standards is one of the major problems. “We still have a long way to go — she explained-: mainly there is a lack of people who are interested in a career in journalism, due to low salaries. Those who have talent prefer to go and work for Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya, or the Bbc”. “A group that is independent of political powers would be necessary — she underlined — which would be responsible for the sector through a complete reorganisation”. (ANSAmed)

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Mideast: Gaza, Gunfight Between Isrealis and Palestinians

(ANSAmed) — TEL AVIV, OCTOBER 31 — A harsh gun fight between Palestinian militiamen and Israeli paratroopers broke out this morning at dawn on the border of the Gaza strip, near the small Palestinian town of Abassan. This was reported by military radio. It is the second violation of the ceasefire in the last 24 hours. Yesterday, Palestinian militiamen fired a Qassam rocket towards the Israeli town, which exploded without injuring anyone. A group named ‘Hezbollah-Palestine’ claimed responsibility for that episode. In retaliation, Israel closed trade crossings to the Strip. A military spokesperson said about today’s incident that two anti-tank missiles were fired from the Gaza Strip on an Israeli patrol which was inspecting an area where a device has previously been planted. Israeli soldiers responded to the fire. There are no reported victims. There were also incidents on the West Bank, in Hebron, where army units demolished a building illegally build by Jewish settlers. In reaction, according to military radio, hundreds of settlers staged protests, during which they damaged Palestinian property. (ANSAmed).

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Mideast: Gaza; Nobel Peace, Israeli Siege Against All Rights

(ANSAmed) — ROME, OCTOBER 31 — “There is nothing more illegal and immoral than collective punishment that is being applied against the Palestinians every day and in an indiscriminating way by the Israeli state”. From Gaza, Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Northern Irish activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1976, spoke about the Gaza Strip to the Misna press agency as “a prison where a million and a half people live and die in extreme humanitarian conditions, where the majority of children suffer malnutrition, where there is not enough of anything, starting with medicine and food”. Mairead Corrigan landed in Gaza on Wednesday on board ‘Dignity’, a boat used by a group of 27 pacifists of the ‘Free Gaza’ movement to reach the coast of the Palestinian Territories leaving from the Cyprus port of Larnaca. “It was not the first time and we will repeat this undertaking”, the Nobel Peace Prize winner said underlining that there is a double objective: “To create awareness in the public and in the international community about the consequences of the Israeli siege; to open a concrete and stable corridor between Gaza and the external world”. On board ‘Dignity’ a metric ton of medicinal supplies were transported which were immediately transferred to a city hospital: “But it is only a palliative — Corrigan Maguire said to Misna — in front of the disaster caused by the siege; there are no spare parts for machinery, there is no medicine, electricity comes and goes, maintenance of structures is impossible. The truth is that here, people die amid the indifference of the international community and with the full responsibility of Israel”. During her stay in Gaza, the Northern Irish activist has met various representatives of Hamas and to the many people who define them as a “terrorist group” the movement that ‘governs’ the Gaza Strip since June of 2007, she responds saying that often one forgets one fundamental problem: “Hamas had won regular elections; rather than having taken power in Gaza with force, it is necessary to say that it was defrauded of its legitimate power that the Palestinian people had entrusted to it over all of the Territories. Despite this — she added referring to the recent release of a group of political prisoners affiliated with Fatah, the movement of the president of the Palestinian National Authority, Mahmoud Abbas — the Palestinians are working to recreate an ancient union”. A year after the summit of Annapolis in America, which should have restarted meetings for the creation of a Palestinian state in a short period of time, Corrigan Maguire said to Misna that in Gaza there has not been any improvement since then: “Walking through the streets of the city, I have met many kids. One in particular struck me: asking me to take her away with me, she told me that whoever is born here already knows that they will not have a job, they will not be able to sustain themselves, and they will not have a life worthy of living. Whoever is born here, is already condemned and in my opinion, in the history of man, nothing like this exists or ever has existed”. Mairead Corrigan Maguire, has been involved with Palestine for a few years, in April of 2007, while she was participating in a demonstration against the construction of a wall between Israel and the West Bank, she was hit by a rubber bullet shot by a soldier from Tel Aviv. (ANSAmed).

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Middle East

Amman Stock Exchange Loses 60% as Panic Hits Investors

(ANSAmed) — AMMAN, OCTOBER 27 — Amman stock exchange continued to bleed today as panic hit the local market, with investors describing trading as “massacre” when the index nose dived by 4.15%. Analysts said the market lost nearly 60% over the past few weeks as many investors were forced out of the market. “There is a big panic at the market due to what is going around the world,” said Walid Shawqi, a broker at Amman stock exchange. Trading rate has been rotating around JD 14 million (USD 20 million) with dumping on leading shares such as the Jordan Phosphate Mines Company, Arab Potash Company, Arab Bank, Jordan Steel Company, Jordan Petroleum Refinery Company, Royal Jordanian and others. Traders said lack of liquidity at the market is being felt strongly with only chance of revival is the return of large investment funds from abroad. Out of 160 companies which shares have been traded, prices of 10 companies rose, and of 147 declined. (ANSAmed).

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Death Penalty: Saudi Arabia; Beheaded, Beat Wife to Death

(ANSAmed) — RIYADH, OCTOBER 22 — A Saudi Arabian man guilty of having beaten his wife to death, was put to death yesterday with a traditional decapitation with a sabre in the city of Jizan in southern Saudi Arabia. Messa ben Qassem Dahesh killed his wife Aisha hitting her repeatedly in the head and body, reported official Saudi press agency Spa. His execution brings the total number of announced executions this year to 83. In 2007 the country made a record 153 executions compared to 37 in 2006. In Saudi Arabia, where “sharia” or Islamic law is practiced, executions are carried out by decapitation and capital punishment is imposed for rape, homicide, armed robbery, drug trafficking, and apostasy. (ANSAmed).

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Dubai Radio Fires DJ for Mocking God

A Dubai radio station fired a South African drive-time DJ for mocking religion and impersonating God on the air, the show’s management said last week. The Arabian Radio Network said in a statement Revin John had been “let go” over a sketch last Monday on Virgin Radio Dubai in which he quoted an article about a U.S. court throwing out a lawsuit against God.

John then pretended to act out a telephone conversation with God, prompting complaints from listeners of “diverse faiths and nationalities,” said a statement written in reponse to questions from The Associated Press. “He intended to be funny, not to offend anybody,” said Arabian Radio Network Chief Operating Officer Steve Smith. “However, what he did was highly offensive to the Muslim and Christian community in the UAE.”

Abdullatif al-Sayegh, chief executive of Arab Media Group, which operates the only Middle East outpost of Richard Branson’s Virgin Radio brand, said John was allowed back on air to apologize Tuesday, then was dismissed. John did not respond to a requests for comment.


Virgin Radio Dubai went on air earlier this year, playing mostly European and American pop music from Dizzee Rascal to Britney Spears. Its parent, Arabian Radio Network, is a division of Dubai-based conglomerate Arab Media Group, which operates more than a dozen radio and TV stations, including MTV Arabia.

Mariam Zarouni, a 20-year-old chemical engineering student at the American University of Sharjah, said she was so offended by John’s comments that she formed a group to protest the incident on the social networking Web site Facebook. It had 569 members by Wednesday evening. “When somebody crosses the line, then you have to defend your religion,” Zarouni said. “Honestly … how can he do this? We’re in a Muslim county. But even Christians would take offense to that. You can’t insult God.”

Dubai is the most liberal of the seven semiautonomous states that make up the United Arab Emirates, a conservative Muslim country overlooking the Persian Gulf. […] Yet tensions surface when the country’s many foreign residents breach the limits of what is considered acceptable here. The issue is particularly raw in the wake after two Britons received jail time this week after being convicted of having sex on a Dubai beach in July.

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Fatwa Gives Women the Right to Hit Husbands

A fatwa originating from Turkey has given women the right to strike their husbands in cases of self-defense.

Sheikh Mohsen al Obeikan, an adviser to the Saudi Ministry of Justice and a member of the Saudi Shura Council agreed with some Islamic scholars in Turkey and Egypt in this regard. “This [issue] is acknowledged by Islamic jurists and it has roots in Islamic Shariah, the Quran and the Hadith [Prophetic traditions],” said the Sheikh.

He referred to the following excerpts of the Quran: ‘The recompense for an injury is an injury equal thereto (in degree),’ [Surat Ashoura: 40] and ‘…whoever then acts aggressively against you, inflict injury on him according to the injury he has inflicted on you…’ [Surat al Baqara: 194]

Al Obeikan, who spoke to Asharq Al-Awsat by phone, said women should only hit their husbands if they are defending themselves. Fethullah Gulen, a prominent religious figure in Turkey, ruled that it is within women’s rights to defend themselves by countering violence with violence, and that women should learn martial arts such as Karate, Judo and Taekwondo to defend themselves against violent husbands.

The fatwa has been met with controversy among the conservatives in Turkey as it may “stir up rebellion” within families.

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Jordan: Foreign Workers Suffer Serious Abuse, Says Rights Group

Amman, 30 Oct. (AKI) — Tens of thousands of domestic workers in Jordan live in appalling conditions and are forced to work up to 19 hours a day for nothing, according to human rights group Amnesty International. In a new report, Amnesty is calling on the Jordanian government to ensure that the current review of employment regulations guarantees workers’ rights and conditions and justice for those who suffer abuse.

“Abuse of women migrant domestic workers is widespread in Jordan, particularly economic exploitation,” the report says.

“Many are paid only part of their meagre wages or not paid at all, sometimes for years. One woman told Amnesty that she was owed nearly four years’ pay.”

Jordan has some 40,000 registered women migrant domestic workers. Many come from countries in South East Asia, including Indonesia, the Philippines and Sri Lanka.

According to recent Amnesty International research, the majority of these women are abused and exploited with little or no protection from the authorities.

Some also suffer from sexual abuse, but Amnesty says this is often hard to prove because there are usually no witnesses and minimal evidence. Those who do report an alleged crime may face jail themselves because they have ‘incorrect working papers’ or the employer files a counter claim.

In July 2008 the Jordanian Parliament amended the Labour Law.

Amnesty said one amendment stipulated that a separate regulation would be issued to define the terms of employment for migrant workers, including their working hours and rest periods. This regulation is currently being prepared by the government.

“We call on the Jordanian authorities to seize this golden opportunity to make the exploitative conditions currently faced by migrant domestic workers a thing of the past,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty’s deputy programme director for the Middle East and North Africa.

“Their actions should be bold enough to match the scale of the abuses.”

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Saudi Arabia Sues International Tobacco Agents

(ANSAmed) — JEDDAH, OCTOBER 21 — The General Court in Riyadh begin hearing today a lawsuit filed by the ministry of Health against agents of international tobacco companies in the Kingdom, demanding compensation of SR10 billion, (some 2 billion million euro) and an annual compensation of SR500 million (102 million euro) for the expenditures incurred on the treatment of smokers. “This is the first case filed by the ministry against agents of tobacco companies, demanding compensation for medical care,” said an official statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency. “The court was ready to look into the case at a previous date but the tobacco agents did not attend that session,” it added. In a previous statement on the issue, Health Minister Hamad Al-Manie said he was confident that his ministry would win the lawsuit since it provided statistics and medical data that showed how smoking destroys peoplés health and eats away at social spending connected with smoking-related medical treatment of citizens. The minister had met with representatives of tobacco companies in the Kingdom and informed them of the ministry’s plan to file a lawsuit. “Wéll go ahead with the lawsuit unless the tobacco companies paid the full amount of compensation ….. I will not and neither will the ministry forsake the rights of patients,” he said. Al-Manie lauded the government’s efforts to combat smoking, noting that a royal decree had been issued to ban smoking in all government institutions and buildings. He also said that the Saudi law prohibits tobacco companies from placing advertisements in local newspapers or television. He said anti-smoking clinics have been opened in various cities in the Kingdom as part of the ministry’s efforts to encourage smokers to give up the addiction. The ministry regularly organizes public programs that aim at creating awareness among Saudis and residents on the impact of smoking on a person’s health. A new law to combat smoking in public and workplaces has been drafted and is awaiting Cabinet approval. The law is significant as Saudi Arabia tops the list of tobacco importers, according to 2007 statistics. Iran is placed second, followed by Jordan, Turkey, Morocco and Egypt. (ANSAmed).

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South Asia

Fr. Bernard Digal Dies, India Mourns Another Martyr of Orissa

Mumbai (AsiaNews) — Fr. Bernard Digal has died after a slow agony of more than two months. The religious, brutally beaten by Hindu fundamentalists the night of August 25, has died two months later, this evening at 9:25 local time, from the serious injuries he suffered in the assault.

On Saturday, October 25, a feverish Fr. Digal was taken to St. Thomas Hospital in Chennai, in Tamil Nadu; the doctors operated on him to remove a blood clot from his brain, caused by the beating on the night he was attacked. Yesterday, his lungs collapsed and he fell into a coma. This morning, the bishop of the diocese gave him the anointing of the sick; Raphael Cheenath, archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar, was at his deathbed. The religious was given a respirator to keep him alive, but his body gave out.

Last September 10, we published an interview with Fr. Bernard Digal, given from the bed at the the Holy Spirit Hospital in Mumbai where he was hospitalized. During the interview, he told AsiaNews about the night of the attack and the violence he suffered. Fr. Bernard denounced “without bitterness, but also without sweetness” the brutality of the assault, following which “he remained unconscious and half naked in the forest for an entire night, until he was found by his driver.”

“Fr. Bernard has been given the martyr’s crown,” Raphael Cheenath, archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwa, tells AsiaNews. “Fr. Bernard succumbed to the merciless beatings from the Hinduvta extremists. The Kandhamal Christians now have a powerful intercessor in heaven, Fr. Bernard will now continue his work for our people from his heavenly home.”

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Indonesia: Radical Islamic Leader Jailed Over Violent Rally

Jakarta, 30 Oct. (AKI) — An Indonesian court sentenced the leader of a hardline Islamic group to 18 months in prison on Thursday for inciting violence at an interfaith rally in which dozens of people were injured in June.

Rizieq Shihab, leader of the Islamic Defenders’ Front, or FPI, is an outspoken critic of Ahmadiya, an Islamic sect that some Muslims consider heretical.

Thousands of Indonesians, including political leaders, artists and religious leaders, gathered in central Jakarta in June to urge tolerance for Ahmadiya, but the rally turned violent when Rizieq’s supporters beat women and the elderly.

“Defendant Rizieq Shihab has been proven beyond reasonable doubt guilty of inciting others to commit violence,” Judge Panusunan Harahap told a central Jakarta court.

In a separate verdict, the leader of the group’s military wing, Munarman, was sentenced for having lead the attack that injured 70 people.

There was a mixed reaction to Thursday’s verdict.

“The verdict shows that the government is serious in the war against the radicals,” Aleksius Jemadu, from Parahyangan di Bandung University told Adnkronos International (AKI).

However, Irsyad Zamjani, expert in Iislam from the Centre for Asian Studies in Jakarta, said the verdict was inadequate.

“I believe that the best choice would be to dissolve the FPI instead of punishing individuals,” he told AKI.

Founded in 1998 by Rizieq, FPI has won notoriety for violent raids on bars and nightclubs during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

After the war in Afghanistan began, the group organised campaigns against the United States. It has often claimed to be recruiting freedom fighters to send to Lebanon and Iraq to fight the US and Israel.

Supporters of the FPI have recently taken to the streets to protest against the pornography law, passed by the Parliament on Thursday, or to pressure the government to take action against Ahmadiyah.

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Minorities Accuse Nepalese Government of Favoring Hinduism

With the beginning of the feast of Tihar, ethnic minorities in the country are raising their voices against the Maoist government of Prachanda. They are criticizing the favorable treatment shown toward Hindus, accusing: “In Nepal, secularism is only a declaration of intent.”

Kathmandu (AsiaNews) — There is a dispute in Nepal between the ethnic minorities and the government. Just after the beginning of celebrations for the Tihar — the second most important feast in the Hindu tradition (known in India as the Diwali) — the government headed by Maoist leader Prachanda is the target of biting criticism. In April of 2006, the country decided to move toward secularism, abrogating the constitutional declaration that since 1990 had defined it as a “Hindu kingdom.” Today, the calendar of Nepal guarantees three days of vacation during celebrations for Tihar. For the ethnic minorities, this is a betrayal of secularization, and an opportunity to call for greater attention for themselves, and fewer privileges for the Hindus.

Om Gurung, president of the federation of the Janajatis, the indigenous people of the country, states that “Nepalese secularism is nothing but lip service. We have not yet tasted what is secularism.” “The government,” says Gurung, “should also provide us more holidays, otherwise we will oppose this kind of prejudice.” Similar criticisms are being expressed by Krishana Bahadur Bhattachan, a sociologist and a member of the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities: “When our children are compelled to celebrate Hindu festival because the government does not provide holidays during our festival, then how long do our festivals and culture exist? The Maoist government was expected to work in favor of minority groups, as the party had given many assurances. Now our hope is almost gone.”

In reality, vacation days have been included on the national calendar for the feasts of some of the many ethnic and religious minorities in the country. This has been done in the case of Christmas for the Christians, and of the Eid for the Muslims, the Chhat, for the inhabitants of the region of Terai, and the Loshar, for the Gurung of central Nepal. In all, there are seven new dates added to the ones already scheduled for Hindu festivities. But for the ethnic groups, this is too little compared with what is given to the Hindu faithful. In addition to the three days of vacation during the Tihar, known also as the feast of lights (in the photo, a moment in the celebrations), the government is granting them many others during the year. Especially glaring are the seven days given for the celebration of Dashain; for this occasion, the government also gives state employees a bonus equal to a month’s salary. The ethnic minorities consider this discriminatory, and are demanding more secularism as promised by Prachanda after his rise to power in April of this year.

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Pakistan: Sick Wedding of Kids Aged 5 & 7

THE Muslim wedding of a seven-year-old boy and a five-year-old girl has been raided by police.

Cops arrested the Muslim cleric conducting the sick ceremony and the children’s parents in Pakistan’s largest city.

The cleric had not yet begun the ceremony of Mohammad Waseem, seven, and his bride Nishain Karachi, five — which was attended by 100 guests.

Pakistan law forbids marriage below the age of 18 — but some Muslim scholars say it is permissible if the bride and groom have reached puberty.

TV footage showed both children in traditional wedding clothes in the laps of policemen after the raid — the girl with tears running down her cheeks.

The parents said the wedding had been arranged to end an eight-year feud between the two families, according to a report on Express News TV.

Mr Mazhar said he had heard about similar cases in rural areas but “it is shocking to have this right in the centre of the city.”

The parents are due to appear in court tomorrow.

A Pakistan Human Rights Commission official Hina Gillani said the maximum possible punishment for the parents was one month in jail and fine of just over $10 (£6).

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The Indonesian Parliament Adopts Anti-Pornography Bill

MPs present voted unanimously for the bill. Opposition parties did not however participate in the vote. Dissent explodes in online forums. A Jakarta court sentences an Islamic fundamentalist leader to jail for fomenting clashes last June.

Jakarta (AsiaNews) — With opposition MPs absent, Indonesia’s parliament approved an anti-porn bill that was welcomed by supporters who loudly rejoiced with prayers to Allah. In online newspaper forums many ordinary citizens reacted angrily however, slamming what they consider a step backward for Indonesia and an “obscurantist” decision.

Today the lower house in Indonesia’s parliament approved the controversial anti-pornography bill, known in Bahasa Indonesia as Undang-undang Pornografi, Uu App. Since it was tabled it has been at the centre of intense discussions because it is seen as a step towards introducing Sharia law into the country’s legal system along the lines of Saudi Arabia.

In recent weeks human rights activists and representatives of political and religious minorities, including the Catholic Church, have strenuously objected to the law.

According to its critics, the law eliminates “cultural” differences and undermines “national unity”. As it stands it is all but an attempt by Muslim fundamentalists to introduce Islamic law into the country’s legal system.

The anti-porn law was approved almost unanimously but MPs for the Indonesian Democracy Struggle Party (PDIP) and the Christian-based Prosperous Peace Party (PDS) were not in the house in protest against the bill.

A supporter of the new law named Lasmiantini, a member of a group called Salima or Muslim Sisters, felt great about it.

“Inshallah, God willing, Indonesia shall finally see the rebirth of morality,” she said.

“We are happy,” she added, “because we won the battle to defend our children and it [the law] will also protect women.”

“Educational TV programmes” will be promoted “to improve moral values as the basis of society.

Pro-law activists said that the legislation can be improved to “avoid excesses”, denying at the same time that negative views were expressed “against the bill in some provinces.”

Meuthia Hatta, daughter of Mohammad Hatta, one of Indonesia’s founding fathers, noted that the law “does not violate the principles of freedom of expression” but instead protects people from the harm done by pornography.

“Our focus was on this aspect rather than on political squabbles with nationalist groups and NGOs,” said the minister of for Woman Empowerment.

In the meantime a court in Jakarta issued an important ruling in the fight against Islamic fundamentalism.

Judge Panusunan Harahap sentenced Habib Rizieq Shihab, head of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), to 18 months in jail for “fomenting clashes in Jakarta last 1 June between radical Muslims and moderates, who were demonstrating in favour of religious freedom in the country.”

At that time Muslim fundamentalists attacked moderate Muslims from the National Alliance for Religious Freedom (AKKBB), who were peacefully demonstrating in support of the Ahmadis, a small Muslim community (about half a million) who are considered heretical in several Muslim countries like Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

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Australia — Pacific

Police Chiefs Disarm Australian ‘Reservoir Dogs’ Squad Who Wore Black Suits, Sunglasses and Beat Up Criminals

Australian authorities have disarmed an armed robbery police squad that dressed in black suits and sunglasses and regularly beat up criminals. The Armed Offenders Squad in Victoria state modelled itself on the thugs from Quentin Tarantin’s film ‘Reservoir Dogs’.

The AOS acted as an unofficial force within the police, with members swearing allegiance to the squad and changing the police uniform to include a tie with two gold, intersecting revolvers. A poem written by a AOS member describes “a squad of men all as one, ready to fight until the job’s done”.

“When banks get robbed and policemen are shot. The hierarchy cries, ‘Who have we got’. Who can clean up this mess. Let’s call on the men from the AOS.” The poem complains of criminals lying and police being reprimanded for taking tough action, but says: “So long as there’s bad crooks, they’ll need us around, if they’re rid of us then crime will abound”.

A Office of Police Integrity report on the AOS, released this week, examined four decades of the squad’s history and found a disproportionate number of complaints against its detectives for using excessive force in arresting suspects.

In one case, a hidden camera in a police interview room filmed detectives bashing a suspect during an interview. The suspect was repeatedly slapped and kicked, pinned to the ground and hit with a telephone when he asked to call someone. The detectives then tell the suspect not to “bleed everywhere”.

The integrity report found the AOS, disbanded in September 2006, had an elitist subculture and an “us-vs-them” mentality that led them to take the law into their own hands.

Australian police forces have historically struggled with internal corruption and rogue officers. A report into Australia’s largest force in New South Wales state in 1997 found corruption was systematic and entrenched, with officers involved in the drugs trade and competing with criminals to commit crimes. It said the force had “rarely been free of corruption” in its 135-year history.

AOS detectives assumed a “noble cause” doctrine where the ends justified the means and bashing a criminal was a “community service”, said the integrity report. “Squad members became renowned for wearing black suits, white shirts, dark sunglasses and a team-issue black tie,” said the report. “The outfits imitate the costumes worn by a network of violent criminals in the film Reservoir Dogs.”

“The deliberate identification with Reservoir Dogs was reinforced when a well-known image from the film was used to advertise the squad’s annual social function, ‘Robbers Rock’.”

The report said replacing the AOS with a taskforce model had been positive. “Not only has there been a significant reduction in complaints against detectives working in the area, but arrest and conviction rates have also improved,” it said. But the AOS culture may still be alive within the Victorian police force. “I think there is nothing much in a name. Call it what you will, that is not going to solve the problem,” lawyer Gary Cooke told local radio.

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Immigration: Greece and Malta Hope for Cooperation

(ANSAmed) — ATHENS, OCTOBER 30 — The bilateral cooperation for immigration was at the centre of meetings today between the Greek and Maltese Interior Ministers, Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Carmelo Bonnici. “The countries of the Mediterranean region, particularly Italy, Malta Greece, and Cyprus — said Pavlopoulos — share common problems and their objective is that of promoting legal immigration, and at the same time adopting measures against illegal circulation, with the scope of protecting people and their rights”. Bonnici asked for a tighter collaboration between these countries to create “a framework of cooperation that could extend itself also to other countries like France and Spain” and added that the objective is that of continuing with the effort undertaken by the French President of the EU. Furthermore, Bonnici, according to press agency Ana-Mpa, has also underlined that illegal migration is a common problem for all four countries that, differently from others, is faced with an enormous request for asylum. “We want — said the Maltese minister — for the rest of European countries to recognise this burden and give us their support”. (ANSAmed),

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Immigrants: Rules Change for Reunions

(AGI) — Rome, 23 Oct. — There has been a change in rules for reuniting the families of foreigners living in Italy. Starting from November 5 new regulations will be enforced that will introduce, among other things, DNA examinations to be paid for by the requesting party if their are doubts on family relationships and establishing that reunions with spouses can only be requested if these are, not legally separated, and legal adults. Published in the official periodical of 21 October, the legislative decree states that reunion can be requested for children under 18, unmarried, but with the consent of the other parent (if they exist) while for adult children, the normative explains that the reunion can be requested if , the children — under the responsibility of the parent — are handicapped. For the reunion of parents, it can be requested only if they “don’t have other children in there country of origin”, or if they are parents “over sixty-five years of age” with other children unable to support them with “documented serious health motives”. As far as the DNA exam is concerned, the regulation explains that in the case that it is impossible to prove the relation for certain — through attestations of competent authorities in the country of origin — or there are supported doubts on the documents presented for the reunion, then the “diplomatic or consular representatives will have to release certifications” on the basis of the DNA exam “carried out at the expense of the interested party”. For every relative for which reunion is requested, legitimate earnings that cannot be below the increased social benefits of half the amount for every family member.

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Culture Wars

Switzerland: Museum Chief Sacked Over Crucified Frog

‘Surely this is not a work of art but a blasphemy and a disgusting piece of trash’

Corinne Diserens, the Swiss director of the museum in Bolzano, in the mountainous north-east of Italy, was dismissed after months of controversy over the bright green, bug-eyed amphibian, which is nailed to a cross and holds a frothing mug of beer and an egg.

She had refused to remove the work by the late German artist Martin Kippenberger despite protests from the Vatican that it was blasphemous.

She said the museum had a right to artistic freedom, and kept the frog on display as originally planned from May to September.

But a majority of the museum’s board of directors disagreed and instead dismissed her this week.

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Libya-USA: USD 1.5 Bln for Terrorist Victims

(ANSAmed) — WASHINGTON, OCTOBER 31 — Libya has deposited USD 1.5 billion in a fund created to pay compensation to victims of terrorist attacks. The announcement was made by the US Department of State. The payment by Libya allows it to make an additional step forward on the path to normalize relations between Washington and Tripoli. The fund was created to pay damages to families of victims that died in the attack in 1988 in the skies over Lockerbie (Scotland) on a Pan Am jet and in an explosion in 1986 in the ‘La Belle’ discotheque in Germany patronized by Americans. Libyan agents were involved in both attacks. The same fund will have USD 300 million paid into it by the USA for Libyan victims of the American raid on April 14, 1986 that was an act of reprisal for the attack on the disco. The agreement between the two countries includes, after the payment of the funds, renouncing legal action in the US against Libya for the attacks and the complete normalization of relations between the countries. The State Department said it intends to distribute the Libyan funds to the families of the victims of the two attacks with the utmost haste. (ANSAmed).

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MIT Scientists Baffled by Global Warming Theory, Contradicts Scientific Data

Scientists at MIT have recorded a nearly simultaneous world-wide increase in methane levels. This is the first increase in ten years, and what baffles science is that this data contradicts theories stating man is the primary source of increase for this greenhouse gas. It takes about one full year for gases generated in the highly industrial northern hemisphere to cycle through and reach the southern hemisphere. However, since all worldwide levels rose simultaneously throughout the same year, it is now believed this may be part of a natural cycle in mother nature — and not the direct result of man’s contributions.

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Defeating Eurabia, Part 5

The Fjordman Report

This is the final installment of Fjordman’s book Defeating Eurabia. Click here for Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

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On Anti-White Racism

This essay is an amalgam of several posts of mine.

The violence waged by Muslim gangs in Europe is usually labelled as “crime,” but I believe it should more accurately be called Jihad. Those who know Islamic history, described in books such as The Truth About Muhammad by Robert Spencer, know that looting and stealing the property of non-Muslims has been part and parcel of Jihad from the very beginning. In fact, so much of the behavior of Muhammad and the early Muslims could be deemed criminal that it is difficult to know exactly where crime ends and Jihad begins. In the city of Oslo, it is documented that some of the criminal Muslim gangs also have close ties to radical religious groups at home and abroad.

As Dutch Arabist Hans Jansen points out, the Koran is seen by some Muslims as a God-given “hunting licence,” granting them the right to assault and even murder non-Muslims. It is hardly accidental that while Muslims make up about tem percent of the population in France, they make up an estimated seventy percent or more of French prison inmates. Muslims are overrepresented in jails in countries all over the world, and a striking number of non-Muslims in jail convert to Islam.

In the city of Antwerp, Belgium, Marij Uijt den Bogaard from 2003 to 2006 worked as a civil servant in the immigrant borough of Berchem. She noted how radical Islamist groups began to take over the immigrant neighborhoods, but was fired when she warned against this danger in her reports to the authorities:

“Many victims of burglaries in houses and cars, of steaming and other forms of violence, can testify that aggression by Muslims is not directed against brothers and sisters, but against whoever is a kafir, a non-believer. Young Muslims justify their behaviour towards women who do not wear the headscarf, whether Muslim or non-Muslim, by referring to the Salafist teaching which says that these women are whores and should be treated as such. They told me this. I wrote it down in my reports, but the authorities refuse to hear it.”

Muslim violence targets non-Muslims regardless of skin color, in Asia, Africa, Europe and elsewhere. However, some of the violence directed against people of European origins is anti-white racism, not Jihad. In March 2005, peaceful white French demonstrators were attacked by bands of black and Arab youths. One 18-year-old named Heikel added that he had “a pleasant memory” of repeatedly kicking a student, already defenseless on the ground. The sentiment was a desire to “take revenge on whites.”

Why is there so little public discussion of anti-white racism? I have heard two explanations for this. The first one is that white people are more racist than non-whites, a claim I find highly dubious these days. The other is that we should focus mainly on white racism because “white people are so powerful.” But whites are, demographically speaking, a rapidly shrinking global minority. We are even a shrinking percentage of the population in the West.

Barbara Kay of Canada’s National Post writes about a new fad called Whiteness Studies:

“The goal of WS is to entrench permanent race consciousness in everyone — eternal victimhood for nonwhites, eternal guilt for whites — and was most famously framed by WS chief guru, Noel Ignatiev, former professor at Harvard University, now teaching at the Massachusetts College of Art: ‘The key to solving the social problems of our age is to abolish the white race.’“

Whiteness Studies began in the 1990s after the collapse of Communism, when some Marxists concluded that the key to Utopia was to undermine Western culture and white people, race war instead of class war, or perhaps race war as class war. Some of its inventors state their goals quite openly:

“Abolitionism is also a strategy: its aim is not racial harmony but class war. By attacking whiteness, the abolitionists seek to undermine the main pillar of capitalist rule in this country.” And: “The task is to gather together a minority determined to make it impossible for anyone to be white.”

Conservative social critic David Horowitz comments that: “Black studies celebrates blackness, Chicano studies celebrates Chicanos, women’s studies celebrates women, and white studies attacks white people as evil.” However, despite widespread criticism, at least 30 institutions — from Princeton University to the University of California at Los Angeles — teach courses in Whiteness Studies.
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A mandatory University of Delaware program in the United States required students to acknowledge that “all whites are racist,” offering them “treatment” for incorrect attitudes regarding class, gender, religion or culture. A civil rights group cited excerpts from the university’s Office of Residence Life Diversity Education Training documents, including the statement: “A racist is one who is both privileged and socialized on the basis of race by a white supremacist (racist) system. The term applies to all white people (i.e., people of European descent) living in the United States, regardless of class, gender, religion, culture or sexuality. By this definition, people of color cannot be racists, because as peoples within the U.S. system, they do not have the power to back up their prejudices, hostilities, or acts of discrimination.” The education program also notes that “reverse racism” is “a term created and used by white people to deny their white privilege.”

I’ve been trying to understand exactly what this “white privilege” consists of. In many Western European countries, if you are a native and in the mildest terms possible object to uncontrolled mass immigration which, if continued, will render the natives a minority in their own country, you will immediately be branded a racist and vilified. Most likely, your career will be over. The natives are de facto disenfranchised and are supposed to meekly fund their own colonization. If this is “privilege”, then privilege is vastly overrated these days.

College professor Mike S. Adams writes about conspiracy theories he’s heard among students attempting to blame various social ills on white people: “The Mona Lisa was painted by an African artist and stolen from a museum in Ethiopia. Most of the great works of art are African in origin and stolen by white people. This is done to promote the myth of white cultural superiority.” Another one: “It is a proven fact that U.S. Coast Guard ships — on orders from President Bush — were seen crashing into the New Orleans levees during Hurricane Katrina. Bush did it to kill black people living in government housing projects.”

Adams presents this as funny, but I don’t think it is.

Dr. Kamau Kambon, former North Carolina State visiting professor of African Studies, told a forum at Howard University that: “We have to exterminate white people off the face of the planet to solve this problem.…I’m saying to you that we need to solve this problem because they are going to kill us.…The problem on the planet is white people.”

Kambon may be an extreme example, but he is the product of a climate where accusing whites of the most insane things has become socially acceptable. Since the 1960s, the Western education system has become increasingly dedicated to demonizing traditional Western culture. Young people of European origins know little of their history, and what they do know they are often taught to hate. As a result, entire generations of young Westerners would find it difficult to articulate anything that’s good about their culture and makes it worth preserving.

Robert Spencer has written about the demonization of Christianity in Western media and academia. He is right about this, but I sometimes suspect that this is part of a larger trend aimed at discrediting Western culture in general, of which Christianity has traditionally been a part. Those of us who are not Christians should reject this trend. First of all because it is factually incorrect: Christianity has made many positive contributions to our civilization and does not deserve the negative reputation it has gained in recent years; and second because the demonization of Christianity is part of a wider movement aimed at discredicting our heritage.

Here is a quote from Spencer’s book Religion of Peace?:

“Attacks on Christian history and doctrine are an integral part of a larger effort to instill a sense of cultural shame in even non-Christian European and American youth — a shame that militates against their thinking the West is even worth defending. A white American student, ‘Rachel,’ unwittingly summed up this attitude when she told American Indian professor Dr. David Yeagley in 2001: ‘Look, Dr. Yeagley, I don’t see anything about my culture to be proud of. It’s all nothing. My race is just nothing… Look at your culture. Look at American Indian tradition. Now I think that’s really great. You have something to be proud of. My culture is nothing.’ Yeagley mused: ‘The Cheyenne people have a saying: A nation is never conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground…When Rachel denounced her people, she did it with the serene self-confidence of a High Priestess reciting a liturgy. She said it without fear of criticism or censure. And she received none….Who had conquered Rachel’s people? What had led her to disrespect them? Why did she behave like a woman of a defeated tribe?’“

As Allen G. King, an employment defense attorney put it: “I just have to leave you to your own devices, and because you are a white male,” you will discriminate. In other words: You don’t have to do anything; you’re a racist simply because you’re white and breathe.

All people of European origins can be considered racists. In Defending the West, former Muslim Ibn Warraq criticizes Edward Said’s highly influential book Orientalism from 1978:

“In cultures already immune to self-criticism, Said helped Muslims, and particularly Arabs, perfect their already well-developed sense of self-pity. There is a kind of comfort and absolution in being told that none of your problems are of your making, that you do not have to accept any responsibility for the ills besetting your society. It is all the fault of the West, of infidels….Orientalism came at the precise time when anti-Western rhetoric was at its most shrill and was already being taught at Western universities, and when third-worldism was at its most popular. Jean-Paul Sartre preached that all white men were complicit in the exploitation of the third world, and that violence against Westerners was a legitimate means for colonized men to re-acquire their manhood. Said went further: ‘It is therefore correct that every European, in what he could say about the Orient, was consequently a racist, an imperialist, and almost totally ethnocentric.’ Not only, for Said, is every European a racist, but he must necessarily be so. As I have argued, Western civilization has been more willing to criticize itself than any other major culture.”

René Descartes, French philosopher and one of the key thinkers of the Scientific Revolution — a Dead White Male as Western students now learn — is famous for his statement Cogito ergo sum: I think, therefore I am. Apparently, if Mr. Descartes has been alive today, he’d have to rephrase that to “I’m guilty, therefore I am.”

I once heard the Dutch-Somali critic of Islam Ayaan Hirsi Ali be told that if she had been white, she would have been called a “racist.” Which essentially means that if you’re white, you’re not allowed under any circumstances to stand up for your culture, far less criticize non-whites. It doesn’t matter whether what you’re saying is factually correct. Whites have effectively been disfranchised in matters related to the preservation of their own countries.

Jews were once told to “get back to Palestine.” When they did, they were told to “get out of Palestine.” The people who said this didn’t object to where Jews lived, they objected to the fact that they existed at all. Similarly, I have noticed that while I have heard calls for people of European descent in the Americas, Australasia or southern Africa to “go back to Europe,” the natives in Europe are demonized if they resist being turned into a minority in their own countries. The problem then, apparently, isn’t where whites live; it’s that we exist at all.

As Professor Ida Magli writes in an Italian essay entitled A Nation for Sale: “Why can’t we protest? Why aren’t we allowed what every people has always had the right to say, that is that no ruler, whatever the system of government — monarchy, dictatorship, democracy — has either the power or the right to sell off the homeland of their own subjects?”

It has happened many times that a people move into an area and subdue those living there before, but the natives have at least been allowed to defend themselves. It is unprecedented in the annals of history that a people is banned by their own leaders from defending their lands from foreign colonization. The established historical pattern is that people who are conquered by others are harassed by the newcomers. When we are being told that mass immigration is “inevitable,” we are actually being told that verbal and physical abuse of our children is inevitable and that we should “get used to it.” I see no reason to accept this. If mass immigration leads to harassment of my children then it is my duty to resist it.

Observer Ole Kulterstad notes that Europeans who are against free migration are labeled as “right-wing extremists.” But common sense indicates that giving away your country to alien cultures is more extreme than merely wanting to preserve it as it once was.

I am personally tired of hearing how Islamic organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood that want to destroy my civilization are called “moderates,” whereas Westerners are “extremists” if we resist this, yet that is exactly what our media and authorities do. We are not extremists; we are subjected to policies that are extreme. Is reducing a people to a minority in their own land, without proper debate about future consequences, not to be regarded as extreme?

Some observers fear a “white extremist backlash,” but if people are so concerned about this then they should stop creating the foundations for such extremism to grow. Native Europeans increasingly get the feeling that they are being pushed into a corner and have an entirely justifiable fear of being overwhelmed. Fear leads to desperation, which sometimes leads to aggression. If we do get an outbreak of extremist political movements, this will not come about because Europeans are born evil; it will come about because they will be pushed into extremism, feel that their continued existence is at stake and that they have been abandoned by their authorities. The solution to this is to recognize that Western nations have accepted more immigration from alien cultures in a shorter period of time than any other civilization has done peacefully in history. We have reached our limit and we need a break before our entire political and economic system breaks down. The ongoing mass immigration is population dumping where less successful cultures dump their population in more successful ones. This is a form of global Communism and will generate the same disastrous effects by destroying successful communities and centers of excellence.

My ancestors have lived in this country since prehistoric times, yet we have no status as a distinct group. Pakistanis, Somalis and Kurds have the right to preserve their culture in my country, but I don’t. The only ones who are specifically denied displaying any pride in their cultural heritage are people of European origins. That’s the whole point of Multiculturalism. Our countries no longer exist as cultural entities, only as empty vessels to be filled with the “human rights” of other peoples.

Native Europeans are being told that we don’t have a culture and that we thus “gain” culture when others move to our countries. This is an insult to thousands of years of European history, to the Celtic, Germanic and Slavic legacies and the Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian heritage we all share in. The next moment we are told that we do have a culture, but it consists of nothing but a long line of crimes and is not worth preserving, anyway.

My nation doesn’t have a colonial history. It gained its independence as late as the twentieth century, at which point it was a poor country, yet because I am white, I am held personally responsible for every bad act, perceived or real, committed by every person who happens to have roughly similar skin color throughout recorded history. American novelist Susan Sontag once stated that “The white race is the cancer of human history.” I am told that I am evil specifically because of my race, and five minutes later I’m told that “race” doesn’t exist, it’s socially constructed. What this means is that people of European origins can be verbally (and sometimes physically) attacked for being white, yet are systematically deprived of any means of defending themselves against these attacks or identifying the cause of them.

I do not hold Abdullah the kebab salesman personally responsible for sacking Constantinople, abducting millions of Europeans to slavery, colonizing the Iberian Peninsula, ruining the Balkans or threatening Vienna several times. I criticize Islam because Muslims have never admitted their past and will continue to commit atrocities as long as the institution of Jihad is alive. I do not believe in collective responsibility, and I do not think a person should be held responsible for actions done by his ancestors centuries ago. On the other hand, if I am to take the blame, personally, for every bad act, perceived or real, committed by any white person in the past, it is only fair that I, personally, should also take credit for their achievements.

It was to an overwhelming degree people of European stock who created the modern world. If I am to be held personally responsible for colonialism or the transatlantic slave trade, I want personal credit for the greatest advances for mankind made by any civilization that has ever existed on this planet. The next time our children are taught to feel bad for something that happened centuries ago, we should inform them that they should take pride in discovering electromagnetism and thus the telegraph, the telephone, radio, TV and the Internet, making chemistry into a scientific discipline (as opposed to alchemy), coining the concept of “gravity” and inventing rockets that could be used to explore space (Asian rockets used gunpowder and weighed a few kilograms at most), making the first accurate measurements of the speed of light, creating barometers and thermometers, thus establishing meteorology and the only mathematical temperature scales ever made by humans, inventing everything from light bulbs, refrigerators, beer cans and chocolate bars to cars, airplanes and all modern means of transportation, inventing microscopes and founding microbiology and antiseptics in medicine. We did all of these things, and much more. Nobody else did, despite how much they claim otherwise.

If current immigration continues, France will soon become an African Muslim country that just happens to be north of the Mediterranean. If non-Europeans have the right to resist colonization, shouldn’t Europeans have the same right? No Eastern European country has a colonial history and many Western European countries have only marginal ones. The Germans had a colony in Namibia. Why should they accept millions of Turks, who have a thousand years of extremely brutal colonial history of their own, because of this? There are not many Dutch people left in Indonesia, so why should the Dutch be rendered a minority in their major cities by Moroccans and others? And why should Portugal, Spain and Greece, which have suffered from centuries of Islamic colonization, have to accept Muslims into their lands? Switzerland, Sweden, Finland and Norway hardly have any colonial history at all, yet are still subject to mass immigration. The truth is that immigration policies bear little correlation to past history, population density or size. Ireland, Denmark, Britain, France, Sweden, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands have one, and only one, thing in common: The natives are white, and therefore seemingly have no legitimate claim to their own countries.

People of European origins have a right to exist, too. The primary duty you have as a human being is to preserve the heritage of your ancestors and pass on to your children a country they can call their own, where they can prosper and walk the streets in a major city without being harassed for who they are. We have the right to preserve our heritage and are under no obligation to commit collective suicide or serve as a dumping ground for other countries. It has nothing to do with animosity towards others. For my part, I still love visiting other cultures, but I will love this even more if I know I can also return to my own.

Creating a European Indigenous People’s Movement

Published at The Brussels Journal in April 2008

An American friend of mine has proposed that native Europeans should create a European Indigenous People’s Movement. I have hesitated with supporting this because it sounded a bit too extreme. However, in more and more European cities, the native population is being pushed out of their own neighborhoods by immigrant gangs. The natives receive little or no aid from their authorities, sometimes blatant hostility, when faced with immigrant violence. In an age where the global population increases with billions of people in a few decades, it is entirely plausible, indeed likely, that the West could soon become demographically overwhelmed. Not few of our intellectuals seem to derive pleasure from this thought.

Bat Ye’or in her book about Eurabia has documented how the European Union is actively allowing Muslims to colonize European countries. The next time EU leaders complain about China’s treatment of minorities, I suggest the Chinese answer the following: “Yes, we represent an anti-democratic organization dedicated to subduing the indigenous people of Tibet, but you represent an anti-democratic organization dedicated to displacing the indigenous peoples of an entire continent.” There is no love lost between me and the Chinese Communist Party, an organization responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of its citizens, but even Chinese authorities do not actively seek to displace their own people with violent Muslims. European authorities do, at least in Western Europe.

In decadent societies of the past, the authorities didn’t open the gates to hostile nations and ban opposition to this as intolerance and barbarophobia. What we are dealing with in the modern West is not merely decadence; it’s one of the greatest betrayals in history. Our so-called leaders pass laws banning the opposition to our dispossession as “racism and hate speech.” To native Europeans, when listening to our media and our leaders, it’s as if we don’t even exist, as if it were normal for them to put the interests of other nations over their own. Despite having “democratic” governments, many Western countries have authorities that are more hostile to their own people than dictators in some developing countries. Why?

At the Daily Telegraph, Simon Heffer suggests that the mass immigration encouraged in particular by the Labour governments of Blair and Brown in Britain is not happening out of incompetence, but is part of “a doctrinally driven determination by the new Government in 1997 to destroy our national identity and to advance multiculturalism.” I agree, but this policy of state-sponsored population replacement is far from limited to Britain.

Numbers discussed in 2008 showed clearly that mass immigration has had no positive effects on the economy in Britain, and I have seen similar calculations from France, Denmark and Norway, among others. On the contrary, it is a drain on the finances of the native population, and that’s even if we don’t count the wave of terrorism, insecurity and street violence which is sweeping Western Europe, from Sweden via Germany to the Netherlands. On top of this, the costs of destruction of national cohesion and weakened cultural legacies are incalculable, yet mass immigration continues as if nothing has happened. In April 2008, a report indicated that Spain needed over two million new foreign workers just until 2020, many of whom are likely to come from Muslim North Africa. The authors of the report would call upon the Spanish government to adopt a new law on immigration “to facilitate the legal entry, take advantage of the new arrivals and encourage integration.”

I have earlier toyed with the idea of giving native Norwegians the legal status as indigenous people in Norway. A large proportion of my ancestors have lived here since the end of the last Ice Age, for as long as this country has been habitable for humans. The original settlers, who came from Central Europe (Germany and the Czech Republic), have been supplemented by other Europeans. Genetic traces from peoples of Near Eastern origins who spread agriculture to Europe are detectable, but until recently most Europeans were overwhelmingly the descendants of men and women who had lived in the region for thousands, if not tens of thousands of years.

Genetically speaking, native Europeans have thus lived longer on the same continent than have Native Americans. Many Southeast Asians are descendants of southern Chinese settlers who displaced or eradicated the original, dark-skinned inhabitants of the region in early historical times, just as many of the nations of sub-Saharan Africa are Bantu invaders who displaced or eradicated the indigenous Khoi-San peoples throughout much of Africa. Modern-day Japanese have lived in Japan for a shorter period of time than Europeans have lived in Europe. Yet a Scottish councillor, Sandy Aitchison, was chastised for using the term “indigenous” about native Brits. Why is it considered ridiculous or evil if Europeans assert our rights? Is it because we are white? Everybody’s supposed to keep their culture, except people of European origins? Is that it? Why is colonialism bad, except when my country, which has no colonial history, gets colonized by Third World peoples?

Western Europeans have in recent years accepted more immigration in a shorter period of time than any society has ever done peacefully in human history. If we want a break we have the right to do so. What we are dealing with is not “immigration” but colonization, and in the case of Muslims, internationally organized attempts to conquer of our countries. If non-Europeans have the right to resist colonization then so do Europeans.

I like cultural diversity and would hope this could be extended to include my culture, too. Or is Multiculturalism simply a hate ideology designed to unilaterally dismantle European culture and the peoples who created it? If people in Cameroon or Cambodia can keep their culture, why can’t the peoples who produced Beethoven, Newton, Copernicus, Michelangelo and Louis Pasteur do the same? As Rabbi Aryeh Spero points out, European elites insist “on the primacy of indigenous cultures and religions when speaking of other faraway regions, yet find such insistence arrogant when it concerns the indigenous culture of its own lands.”

Yes, a little immigration from compatible cultures can be absorbed, and can be beneficial on certain terms. But what we are dealing with now is not from compatible cultures and it certainly isn’t little. My nation runs a very real risk of being demographically wiped out during this century, as do the other Nordic countries. We will go from being among the most successful societies in human history to being eradicated in the space of a few generations if current levels of immigration continue. Do I have the right to worry about this, or is that “racist”?

The author Gore Vidal once stated: “Norway is large enough and empty enough to take in 40 to 50 million homeless Bengalis. If the Norwegians say that, all in all, they would rather not take them in, is this to be considered racism? I think not. It is simply self-preservation, the first law of species.” Thomas Jefferson said that “The law of self-preservation is higher than written law,” and he was right.

As I wrote two years ago: “By any standards possible, we’re one of the most successful cultures in the world, our largest flaw, which could eventually bury us, probably being our naivety. So why on earth should we quietly watch while our country is subdued by the most unsuccessful cultures in the world? The most basic instinct of all living things, even down to bacteria level, is self-preservation. In 2006, you have a natural right to self-preservation if you are an amoeba, but not if you’re a Scandinavian. Maybe the solution then is to argue that Scandinavians are indeed a species of amoebas, and that we need special protection by the WWF. We could showcase some of our finest specimen of Leftist intellectuals and journalists to prove our point. Shouldn’t be too hard.”

For simply suggesting that I would not enjoy being turned into a persecuted minority in my own country, I have been accused of being a “white nationalist,” which says a great deal about how demonized people of European ancestry have become. What about Koreans or Japanese? If they were gradually being displaced by, say, Nigerians and Pakistanis and were harassed in their cities by people who moved there out of their own free will, would they be denounced as yellow nationalists if they objected to this? In fact, why do the terms yellow nationalist, brown nationalist and black nationalist hardly exist, whereas the term white nationalist does? Isn’t that by itself an indication of a double standard?

I started out initially writing almost exclusively about Islam, and I still write predominantly about Islam. However, I have gradually realized that we are dealing with an entire regime of censorship that needs to be removed before we can deal with Islam. I will in any situation highlight and support the struggle of Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Baha’is, Jews, African Christians, Chinese Taoists etc. against Islamic Jihad, which is a global fight. I always have and I always will. The one thing I will not do is surrender my land, which is not mine to give. I do not see anybody else quietly accept being turned into a minority in the country where their ancestors have lived since the end of the last Ice Age, and I cannot see why I should have to do so, either. I don’t care if white Westerners are “scared of being called a racist.” I will not leave a ruined land behind to my descendants because I was afraid of being called bad names. If you think it is “racist” for Europeans to preserve their heritage and protect their children from abuse, then I’m not the bigot here. You are.

I hereby propose that native Europeans should create a European Indigenous People’s Movement, on behalf of the traditional majority populations of Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark etc., inspired by the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The European Indigenous People’s Movement should support the right of Europe’s indigenous peoples to preserve their self-determination, traditions, sovereignty and culture as majority peoples in their own lands.

The list of goals and objectives should include:

1.) The right to maintain our traditional majorities in our own lands, control our own sovereignty and our own self-determination. We do not wish harm or ill-feeling toward any other peoples on earth, but we assert the right to maintain our own majorities in our own lands without being accused of “racism.” We reject current trends which preach that we have no right to oppose, control or lessen unlimited immigration from non-indigenous cultures.

2.) The right to teach our children our cultures, languages, historical interpretations, religious celebrations and traditions unimpeded. We reject educational trends which encourage our children to forget or despise their culture, traditions, religious practices and history in order to avoid offense to non-indigenous European residents or citizens.

3.) The right to maintain, cherish and practice our own indigenous religious holidays and celebrations. We reject out of hand current trends which preach that traditional indigenous European religious or cultural celebrations such as Christmas are somehow “racist” or “non-inclusive” and therefore must be “downgraded,” “renamed” or otherwise de-emphasized or eliminated in order to avoid offending non-indigenous European residents or citizens. We reject current policies which establish that our indigenous cultures are somehow deficient and therefore are not complete until they are “enriched” by other, non-indigenous cultures.

4.) The right to maintain, cherish and display our own indigenous religious, national, ethnic and cultural symbols. We reject out of hand current trends or policies which preach that our national flags or ethnic symbols of centuries standing are somehow “racist” or “non-inclusive” in order to avoid offense to non-indigenous European residents or citizens.

5.) The right to maintain, cherish, protect and display our own indigenous cultural expressions such as music, artwork and sculptures. We reject out of hand current trends or policies which preach that indigenous European cultural expressions such as statues of boars, folkloric tales about pigs or dogs, paintings with Christian or Classical pagan themes, war memorials with a Christian theme, etc., should be removed from public view, banned, destroyed, modified or otherwise threatened in order to avoid offense to non-indigenous European residents or citizens.

6.) The right to maintain, cherish and protect indigenous burial sites, structures, buildings, churches, museums and other public works and structures from destruction, modification or other changes. We reject out of hand current trends or policies which establish that indigenous public works and structures must be changed or modified to avoid offense to non-indigenous European residents or citizens, or to “make way” for structures or public works that benefit non-European residents or citizens (i.e. digging up indigenous graves that are centuries old in order to “make room” for non-indigenous cemeteries, removing external Christian symbols and statues from churches, etc.)

Mr. Franco Frattini of the EU Commission, the unelected and unaccountable government for nearly half a billion people, has stated that Europeans should accept further tens of millions of immigrants within a generation. The British Foreign Minister Milliband stated late in 2007 that the EU should expand to include Muslim nations in North Africa and the Middle East. The French President Sarkozy and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel confirmed this early in 2008. This is part of an organized attempt to surrender Europe to Islamization that has been going on for decades. Since the European Union involves the free movement of people across borders, European leaders are opening the floodgates to tens of millions of Muslims and other non-indigenous peoples at a time when native Europeans fear for the survival of their civilization and feel like aliens in their own cities. Meanwhile, Ernst Uhrlau, the president of Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, warned about the rising assertiveness of violent Jihadist organizations in North Africa.

Based on this evidence, the European Union can hardly be seen as anything other than a criminal organization dedicated to the demographic dispossession and cultural marginalization of the indigenous peoples of an entire continent. Consequently, the EU should be immediately and totally dissolved. Europe is being targeted with coordinated Islamic efforts aimed at the elimination of our freedoms. We are being subject to a foreign invasion, and aiding and abetting a foreign invasion in any way constitutes treason.

Native Europeans should demand that we have an interim period with public de-Eurabification, where the lies propagated by pro-Islamic Multiculturalists should be removed from our history books, and a proper respect for European cultural traditions should be restored. Those officials on senior levels who have participated in the creation of Eurabia should stand trial for crimes against their civilization.

CAN THE WEST BE SAVED? by Serge Trifkovic

May 2008

Serge Trifkovic is a Serbian-born American historian and political analyst. He is the author of several books, among them Defeating Jihad: How the War on Terrorism Can Be Won — in Spite of Ourselves and The Sword of the Prophet: Islam; History, Theology, Impact on the World. He is currently foreign affairs editor for the conservative monthly “Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture.” This essay is republished here with his permission.

“Europe today is a powder keg,” Otto von Bismarck remarked, “and the leaders are like men smoking in an arsenal.”

I am not going to waste your time tonight with yet another treatise on why Islam is not the Religion of Peace, Tolerance, Compassion, etc, etc. We are beyond that. Had America agonized, in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, whether Shinto was actually OK but only Bushido was bad, the Greater Asian Co-prosperity Sphere would be going strong to this day. Among reasonable people, unblinkered by the dicta of political correctitude, the real score on Muhammad and his followers is well known. It has been known for centuries. That score, however, no matter how calmly stated and comprehensively supported, invariably elicits the howls of “Islamophobia” from the neoliberal elite class.


In the way of an introduction, let us therefore look at the formal, legally tested definition of that word, the latest addition to the arsenal of postmodern “phobias.” It is provided by the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) based here in Vienna. (“Orwellian” is a worn-out adjective, but it simply has to be used in connection with this particular institution.) The EUMC diligently tracks the instances of “Islamophobia” all over the Old Continent, which it defines by eight red flags:

1.   Islam is seen as a monolithic bloc, static and unresponsive to change.
2.   Islam is seen as separate and “Other.”
3.   Islam is seen as inferior to the West, barbaric, irrational, primitive and sexist.
4.   Islam is seen as violent, aggressive, linked to terrorism, engaged in a clash of civilizations.
5.   Islam is seen as a political ideology.
6.   Criticisms made of the West by Islam are rejected out of hand.
7.   Discriminatory practices and Muslims’ exclusion from mainstream society are advocated.
8.   Anti-Muslim hostility is seen as natural or normal.

This definition is obviously intended to preclude any possibility of meaningful discussion of Islam. As it happens,

1.   That Islam is static and unresponsive to change is evident from the absence of an internal, orthodox critique of jihad, sharia, jizya, etc. As Clement Huart pointed out back in 1907, “Until the newer conceptions, as to what the Koran teaches as to the duty of the believer towards non-believers, have spread further and have more generally leavened the mass of Moslem belief and opinion, it is the older and orthodox standpoint on this question which must be regarded by non-Moslems as representing Mohammedan teaching and as guiding Mohammedan action.” A century later his diagnosis still stands: it is not the jihadists who are “distorting” Islam; the would-be reformers are.
2.   That Islam is separate from our Western, Christian, European culture and civilization, and “other” than our culture and civilization, is a fact that will not change even if Europe eventually succumbs to the ongoing jihadist demographic onslaught.
3.   Whether Islam is “inferior to the West” is a matter of opinion, of course. That Islam cannot create a prosperous, harmonious, stable, creative, and attractive human society is not. Whether Islam is “barbaric, irrational, primitive and sexist” is at least debatable; but that many of its tangible fruits are so, is all too painfully visible.
4.   Islam is seen by so many as “violent, aggressive, supportive of terrorism” not because of some irrational “phobia” in the feverish mind of the beholder, but because (a) of the clear mandate of its scripture; (b) of the record of its 14 centuries of historical practice; and above all (c) of the timeless example of its founder.
5.   “Islam is seen as a political ideology,” and it should be seen as one, because its key trait is a political program to improve man and create a new society; to impose complete control over that society; and to train cadres ready and eager to spill blood. This makes Islam closer to Bolshevism and to National Socialism than to any other religion. It breeds a gnostic paradigm within which the standard response to the challenge presented by “the Other,” i.e. non-Muslim societies and cultures, is implacable hostility and violence, or violent intent.
6.   Criticisms made of the West by Islam should not be rejected out of hand; they should be understood. Its chief “criticism” of the West-and of every other non-Islamic culture or tradition-is that it is infidel, and therefore undeserving of existence.
7.   A priori hostility towards Islam should not be “used to justify discriminatory practices towards Muslims.” Quite the contrary, an education campaign about the teaching and practice of Islam should result in legislative action that would exclude Islam from the societies it is targeting — not because it is an intolerant “religion,” but because it is an inherently seditious totalitarian ideology incompatible with the values of the West.
8.   And finally, while anti-Muslim hostility is not a priori “natural or normal,” the desire of non-Muslims to defend their lands, families, cultures and faith against Islamic aggression is “natural and normal”; but the elite class is actively trying to neutralize it.

As the demand for Sharia-based communal self-rule is made with increasing frequency in the banlieus of Paris and the grim West Midlands council estates, Europe’s elite class is ready to throw in the towel. Dutch Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner-a Christian Democrat!-sees the demand as perfectly legitimate and argues that sharia could be introduced “by democratic means.” Muslims have a right to follow the commands of their religion, even if that included some “dissenting rules of behavior”: “Could you block this legally? It would also be a scandal to say ‘this isn’t allowed’! The majority counts. That is the essence of democracy…”


Such inanities are light years away from Winston Churchill’s warning, over a century ago, that “no stronger retrograde force exists in the world” than Islam:

Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science-the science against which it had vainly struggled-the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.

Even Churchill’s prescience could not envisage the possibility that the invader would find his fellow-travellers at No. 10, Downing Street, at the European Union headquarters in Brussels, and in dozens of chancelleries and palaces across the Old Continent. Their joint efforts are helping change the face of Europe. The cumulative effect is not in doubt: by 2050, Muslims will account for over one-third of “Old Europe’s” young residents. Millions of them already live in a parallel universe that has very little to do with the host country, toward which they have a disdainful and hostile attitude.

The elite class responds to such hostility with calls for ever-greater inclusiveness. Giuseppe Pisanu, Berlusconi’s former minister of the interior, responsible for controlling the country’s borders, thus declared five years ago that the high fatality rate of North African illegals on the high seas en route to Sicily was “a dreadful tragedy that weighs on the conscience of Europe.” His view was paradigmatic of the utopian liberal mind-set. If “Europe” should feel shame and guilt that people who have no right to come to its shores are risking their lives while trying to do so illegally, then only the establishment of a free passenger-ferry service between Tripoli and Palermo-with no passport or customs formalities required upon arrival, and a free shuttle to Rome or Milan-would offer some relief to that burdened conscience. And Sr Pisanu is supposedly a man of the “Right”!

The tangible results of the leaders’ moral decrepitude are devastating. A century ago, Sr. Pisanu and his class shared social commonalities that could be observed in Monte Carlo, Carlsbad, Biaritz or Paris, depending on the season. Englishmen, Russians, and Austrians shared the same outlook and sense of propriety, they all spoke French, but they nevertheless remained rooted in their national traditions, the permanent vessels in which Weltanschauung could be translated into Kultur. Today’s “United Europe,” by contrast, does not create social and civilizational commonalities except on the basis of wholesale denial of old mores, disdain for inherited values, and an overt rejection of “traditional” culture. It creates the dreary sameness of “antidiscriminationism” and “tolerance.”

Such weakness breeds contempt and haughty arrogance on the other side. Take Tariq Ramadan, who calmly insists that Muslims in the West should conduct themselves as though they were already living in a Muslim-majority society and were exempt on that account from having to make concessions to the faith of the host-society. Muslims in Europe should feel entitled to live on their own terms, Ramadan says, while, “under the terms of Western liberal tolerance,” society as a whole should be “obliged to respect that choice.”

If such “respect” continues to be extended by the elite class, by the end of this century there will be no “Europeans” as members of ethnic groups that share the same language, culture, history, and ancestors, and inhabit lands associated with their names. The shrinking native populations will be indoctrinated into believing-or else simply forced into accepting-that the demographic shift in favor of unassimilable and hostile aliens is actually a blessing that enriches their culturally deprived and morally unsustainable societies. The “liberal tolerance” and the accompanying “societal obligation” that Tariq Ramadan invokes thus become the tools of Western suicide. “No other race subscribes to these moral principles,” Jean Raspail wrote a generation ago, “because they are weapons of self-annihilation.” The weapons need to be discarded, and the upholders of those deadly “principles” removed from all positions of power and influence, if Europe is to survive.


It is in the inability and unwillingness of the neoliberal elite class to confront the grave threat to our civilization that Western Europe and North America most tellingly certify that they share the same cultural chromosomes. In 1938 Hilaire Belloc wondered, “Will not perhaps the temporal power of Islam return and with it the menace of an armed Muhammadan world which will shake the dominion of Europeans-still nominally Christian-and reappear again as the prime enemy of our civilization?”

Seven decades later, the same traits of decrepitude are present in Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Scandinavia, Canada, and the United States, including both the primary cause, which is the loss of religious faith, and several secondary ones. Topping the list is elite hostility to all forms of solidarity of the majority population based on shared historical memories, ancestors, and common culture; the consequences are predictable:

  • the loss of a sense of place and history among Europeans and North Americans;
  • rapid demographic decline, especially in Europe, unparalleled in history;
  • rampant Third World (and in Europe, overwhelmingly Muslim) immigration;
  • collapse of private and public manners, morals, and traditional commonalities;
  • imposition of “diversity,” “multiculturalism,” “sensitivity”; and
  • demonization and criminalization of any opposition to any of the above.

The end-result is the Westerners’ loss of the sense of propriety over their lands. Before 1914, both the West and the Muslim world could define themselves against each other in a cultural sense. The neoliberal elite insists on casting aside any idea of a specifically “Western” geographic and cultural space that should be protected from those who do not belong to it and have no rightful claim to it. The elite insists that our countries belong to the whole world.

We face an elite consensus that de facto open immigration, multiculturalism, and the existence of a large Muslim diaspora within the Western world are to be treated as a fixed and immutable fact that must not be scrutinized. That consensus, I contend, is ideological in nature, flawed in logic, dogmatic in application, and disastrous in its results. It needs to be tested against evidence, and not against the alleged norms of acceptable public discourse imposed by those who do not know Islam, or else do not want us to know the truth about it.

In addition, a depraved mass culture and multiculturalist indoctrination in state schools and the mainstream media have already largely neutralized the sense of historical and cultural continuity among young West Europeans and North Americans. By contrast, the blend of soft porn and consumerism that targets every denizen of the Western world has not had the same effect on the Muslim diaspora in the West. The roll-call of Western-born and educated young Muslims supportive of terrorism confirms that failure.

The loss of a sense of place and history experienced by millions of Westerners follows the emergence of two sides of the same coin: a neoliberal post-national hyper-state in Europe and the neoconservative “benevolent global hegemony” in the U.S. epitomized by the demand for an ever-growing NATO. These two mindsets, seemingly at odds, are but two aspects of the same emerging globalized universe, two sides of the same coin. The neoliberals advocate multilateralism in the form of an emerging “international community” framed by the United Nations and adjudicated by the International Criminal Court (ICC), with the EU acting as an interim medium for transferring sovereign prerogatives to a supra-national body; the neocons prefer to be the only cop in town. Both share the same distaste for traditional, naturally evolving societies and cultures.

The revolutionary character of the multiculturalist project is revealed in the endless mantra of Race, Gender and Sexuality, the formula now elevated to the status of the post-modern Philosopher’s Stone, the force that moves the linear historical process forward, towards the grand Gleichschaltung of nations, races, and cultures that will mark the end of history. Race, Gender and Sexuality have replaced the Proletariat as both the oppressed underclass (hence the cult of the non-white, non-male, non-heterosexual victimhood), and as the historically preordained agent of revolutionary change.

Classical Marxist political economy found the dynamics of revolution in the inevitable conflict between the owners of the means of production and the proletariat that has nothing to sell but its labor and nothing to lose but its chains. Latter-day Marxist revolutionaries go beyond dialectical materialism, however, by introducing a wholly metaphysical concept of victimhood and an array of associated special-rights claims that have worked such wonders for Islam all over the Western world. Majority populations of “old” Europe and America, in this insane but all-pervasive paradigm, are guilty of “oppression” by their very existence, and therefore must not protest the migratory deluge, let alone try to oppose it: that is “racism.”.

The fruits are with us already. Gibbon could have had today’s Antwerp or Malmo in mind, or Marseilles, or Huddersfield, when he wrote of Rome in decline, its masses morphing “into a vile and wretched populace.” On present form, within a century the native Western majorities will melt away: “child-free” is a legitimate yuppie lifestyle term, on par with “fat-free” and “drug-free.” But whereas the threat of extinction of an exotic tribal group in Borneo or Amazonia — let alone a species of spotted owl or sperm whale — would cause alarm and prompt activism among neoliberal elites, it is deemed inherently racist to mention the fact that Europeans and their trans-Atlantic cousins are, literally, endangered species.

There will be no grand synthesis, no civilizational cross-fertilization, between the West and Islam. Even the ultra-tolerant Dutch are beginning to see the light, pace Geert Wilders, but they are hamstrung by guilt-ridden self-haters and appeasers, whose hold on the political power, the media, and the academe is undemocratic, unnatural, and obscene. If Europe is to survive they need to be unmasked for what they are: traitors to their nations and their culture. They must be replaced by people ready and willing to subject the issues of immigration and identity to the test of democracy, unhindered by administrative or judicial fiat.

If the coming war against jihad is to be won, the first task is to start talking frankly about the identity and character of the enemy and the nature of the threat. The obligation to do so is dictated by morality no less than by the need for self-preservation. “If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles,” says Sun Tzu. Well, we know the enemy. We know his core beliefs, his role models, his track-record, his mindset, his modus operandi, and his intentions. We also know his weaknesses, which are many, above all his inability to develop a prosperous economy or a functional, harmonious society.

The main problem is with ourselves; or, to be precise, with those among us who have the power to make policy and shape opinions, and who will reject and condemn our diagnosis. Having absorbed postmodernist relativism, certain only of uncertainty, devoid of any faith except the faith in their own infallibility, members of the Western neoliberal elite class treat the jihadist mindset as a problem that can and should be treated by treating causes external to Islam itself. The result is a plethora of proposed “cures” that are as likely to succeed in making us safe from terrorism as snake oil is likely to cure leukemia.

Abroad, we are told, we need to address political and economic grievances of the Muslim impoverished masses, we need to spread democracy and free markets in the Muslim world, we need to invest more in public diplomacy. At home we need more tolerance, greater inclusiveness, less profiling, and a more determined outreach to the minorities that feel marginalized. The predictable failure of such cures leads to ever more pathological self-scrutiny and to ever more morbid self-doubt. This vicious circle must be broken.


The deadlock on the Somme in 1916, or at Verdun a year later, could not be broken with the ideas and modus operandi of Messrs. Haig, Foch, Cadrona or Hindenburg. It could have been unlocked, however, had Lidell-Hart, de Gaulle, or Guderian held the old guard’s ranks and positions. Winning a war demands “knowing the enemy and knowing oneself,” of course, but it also demands “thinking outside the box.” This cliché is apt: the magnitude of the threat demands radical responses that fall outside the cognitive parameters of the elite class.

Let us therefore start our specific policy recommendations with the complex and emotionally charged issue of “human rights” versus national security.

DEFINING ISLAMIC ACTIVISM — Instead of seeking a ban on all Muslim immigration right away, which is not a realistic goal at this moment, Western anti-jihadist activists should campaign for changes in immigration legislation of their home countries to include clauses that would exclude Islamic activists before they come, and have them deported if they are already infiltrated into the country.

This demand needs to be made acceptable and attractive to a wide cross-section of the electorate regardless of political and ideological preferences. Therefore it should be focused on the Islamic activists’ threat to the neoliberal values themselves:

  • Discrimination against other religions (with special emphasis on the rising European phenomenon of Islamic anti-Semitism), outlooks (inc. atheism) and lifestyles;
  • Discrimination and violence against women (esp. wives and “disobedient” daughters);
  • Discrimination and violence against homosexuals;
  • Threats of violence in any form and for whatever alleged “offense” or “insult” (e.g. drawing cartoons, making documentaries, writing books);
  • Apology or justification for all of the above.

It is essential to focus on the despicable acts themselves, and then drawing the direct line to the commands of Islam’s scripture and its founder, rather than doing it in reverse, as some well-meaning but politically less astute anti-jihadist activists do.

This definition of Islamic activism would be a major step in the direction of denying actual or potential jihadists a foothold in Europe and the rest of the West. In the U.S. the broad model is provided by the old 1952 Immigration and Nationality Act (INA, the McCarran-Walter Act), mandating the exclusion or deportation of any alien who engaged or had purpose to engage in activities prejudicial to the public interest or subversive to national security. “Ideological” grounds for deportation were on the US statute books until 1990, when they were repealed by Congress. After the Russian revolution foreign communists were singled out for deportation. One night alone in January of 1920, more than 2,500 “alien radicals” were seized in thirty-three cities across the country and deported to their countries of origin.

DENYING CITIZENSHIP TO ISLAMIC ACTIVISTS — I submit to you that all Western countries need laws that will treat any naturalized citizen’s or legally resident alien’s known adherence to an Islamist world outlook as excludable – on political, rather than “religious” grounds. It is politically feasible to articulate the demand that citizenship of a democratic Western country should be denied to all Islamic activists.

In the United States a foreigner who becomes naturalized has to declare, on oath, “that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” A declaration of this kind, of not a solemn oath of allegiance, is expected from naturalized citizens in most European countries.

For a Muslim to declare all of the above in good faith, and especially that he accepts an “infidel,” i.e. non-Muslim document or law as the source of his highest loyalty, is an act of apostasy par excellence, punishable by death under the Islamic law. The sharia, to a Muslim, is not an addition to the “secular” legal code with which it coexists; it is the only true code, the only basis of obligation. To be legitimate, all political power therefore must rest exclusively with those who enjoy Allah’s authority on the basis of his revealed will — and for as long as they remain infidel, both Europe and America are illegitimate. So how can a self-avowedly devout Muslim take the oath, and expect the rest of us to believe that it was done in good faith? Because he is practicing taqiyya, the art of elaborate lying that was inaugurated by Muhammad to help destabilize and undermine non-Muslim communities almost ripe for a touch of Jihad. (Or else because he is not devout enough and confused, but in that case there is the ever-present danger that at some point he will rediscover his roots.)

AUXILLIARY MEASURES — Those who preach or promote jihad and advocate the introduction of sharia can and should be treated in exactly the same manner that adherents of other totalitarian ideologies had been treated in the free world during the Cold War. It will be a long and hard struggle to open the eyes of legislators and legal regulators that Islam itself is a radical, revolutionary ideology, inherently seditious and inimical to Western values and institutions, but it can be done. Other necessary measures would then follow, but to that end anti-jihadists should start articulating and advocating them now:

1.   Seek zero porosity of the borders. Preventing illegal immigration is a desirable objective per se; in the context of stopping terrorists it is mandatory. No anti-jihadist strategy is possible without complete physical control of borders. This is an issue on which a majority of the electorate of each and every Western country will agree — much to the chagrin of the liberal elites. Anti-jihadists should insist that all illegal immigration is a major security threat and that it can and should be subject to the letter of the law, and not to the suicidal dictates of the “human rights” lobby.
2.   Demand mandatory cooperation of state agencies at all levels in identifying, registering and apprehending illegal immigrants and in assisting in their deportation — starting with those from nations and groups at risk for terrorism. It is a curious phenomenon in most Western countries that at various levels of state administration (e.g. welfare officers and social workers) and law enforcement (e.g. police forces in major cities) we encounter varying levels of tolerance, and even encouragement, of illegal immigrants’ continued presence in the community. Again, this demand for simple compliance with the law by tax-funded public officers would be politically popular.
3.   Discard the irrational ban on “profiling.” Not all Muslims are terrorists, of course, but all transnational terrorist networks that threaten Western countries’ national security and way of life are composed of Muslims. It is time to accept that “profiling” based on a person’s appearance, origin, and apparent or suspected beliefs is an essential tool of trade of law enforcement and war on terrorism. Just ask the Israelis!
4.   Subject the work of Islamic centers to legal limitations and security supervision. All over the Western world, Islamic centers have provided platforms for exhortations to the faithful to support causes and to engage in acts that are morally reprehensible, legally punishable, and detrimental to the host country’s national security. They have provided shelter to the outlaws, and offered recruitment to the leaders.
5.   Treat affiliation with Islamic activism as grounds for denial or revoking of any level of security clearance. Such affiliation is incompatible with the requirements of personal commitment, patriotic loyalty and unquestionable reliability that are essential in the military, law enforcement, intelligence services, and other related branches of government (e.g. immigration control, airport security). Presence of practicing Muslims in any of these institutions would present an inherent risk to its integrity and would undermine morale.

Acceptance of these proposals would represent a new start in devising long-term defense. The proposed measures recognize that we are in a war of ideas and religion, whether we want that or not and however much we hate the fact. They reflect the seriousness of the struggle. This war is being fought, on the Islamic side, with the deep condition that the West is on its last legs. The success of its demographic onslaught on Europe enhances the image of “a candy store with the busted lock,” and that view is reinforced by the evidence from history that a civilization that loses the urge for self-perpetuation is indeed in peril.


The above proposals are not only pragmatic, they are morally just. They will elicit the accusation of “discrimination” from the self-hating segments of the elite class, even though no such label is applicable. Targeting people for screening, supervision and exclusion on the basis of their genes would be discriminatory indeed, but doing so because of their beliefs, ideas, actions, and intentions is justified and necessary. Orthodox Islamic beliefs, ideas and intentions as such pose a threat to the European civilization, culture, and way of life.

The elite class rejects this diagnosis, of course, but among reasonable, well-informed citizens the debate must be conducted on terms liberated from the shackles of the elite class. Geert Wilders certainly shows the way. We should act accordingly, and never, ever be afraid of causing controversy. That means being subjected to the threat of legal proceedings by the neoliberal state — or to the threat of death, by those whom the neoliberal state continues to protect to the detriment of its own citizens.

Western leaders did not agonize over communism’s “true” nature during the Berlin air lift in 1949, or in Korea in 1950, but acted effectively to contain it by whatever means necessary. Yes, back then we had a legion of Moscow’s apologists, character witnesses, moles and fellow-travelers, assuring us that the Comrades want nothing but social justice at home and peaceful coexistence abroad. They held tenured chairs at prestigious universities and dominated all smart salons, from London and Paris to New York. They explained away and justified the inconsistencies and horrifyingly violent implications of the source texts of Marx and Lenin. They explained away and justified the appalling fruits: the bloodbath of the Revolution, the genocidal great famine, the show trials and purges, the killing of millions of innocents in the Gulag, the pact with Hitler, the works.

Today their spiritual heirs in politics, the academy and the media establishment act as Islam’s apologists, character witnesses and fellow travelers. They flatly deny or else explain away, with identical scholastic sophistry and moral depravity, the dark and violent implications of the source texts, the Kuran and the Hadith, the deeply unnerving career of Muhammad, and centuries of conquests, wars, slaughters, subjugation, decline without fall, spiritual and material misery, and murderous fanaticism.


Some eighty years ago Julien Benda published his tirade against the intellectual corruption of his times, The treason of the intellectuals. For generations prior to the 20th century, Benda wrote, members of the Western intellectual elite ensured that “humanity did evil, but honored good.” The “Treason” of the title occurred when they gave up promoting lasting civilizational values in favor of short-term political preferences. Benda wrote at a time when fascism, nazism and bolshevism dominated Europe’s scene. Today the “treason” of the elite class takes a different form. It upholds the allegedly universal values of multiculturalism, inclusiveness and antidiscriminationism to the detriment of the particular value of our civilization and all its fruits. The propensity of the elite class to the betrayal of our culture remains the same, however.

The fact that normal people don’t realize the magnitude of the problem works to the advantage of the people like Solana, Soros, Blair, Prodi, or Hillary Clinton. Their ideas, which but two generations ago would have been deemed eccentric or insane, now rule the Euro-American mainstream. Only a society inured to the concept of open borders can be unblinkingly told that Islam is good and tolerant, that “we” (the West) have been nasty and unkind to it over the centuries — remember the Crusades! — and that “terrorism” needs to be understood, and cured, by social therapy that is independent of Islam’s teaching and practice.

At the root of the domestic malaise is the notion that countries do not belong to the people who have inhabited them for generations, but to whoever happens to be within their boundaries at any given moment in time — regardless of his culture, attitude, or intentions. The resulting random melange of mutually disconnected multitudes is supposed to be a blessing that enriches an otherwise arid and monotonous society.

A further pernicious fallacy is the dictum that we should not feel a special bond for any particular country, nation, race, or culture, but transfer our preferences on the whole world, “the Humanity,” equally. Such notions have been internalized by the elite class in America and Western Europe to the point where they actively help Islamic terrorism. In America the process has been under way for decades. By 1999 then-Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott felt ready to declare that the United States may not exist “in its current form” in the 21st century, because the very concept of nationhood — here and throughout the world — will have been rendered obsolete.

A generation earlier such uttering from a senior government official would have caused a scandal. By the end of the 20th century such declarations bothered only the unsophisticates who persist in assuming that the purpose of what Dr. Talbott was doing at the Department of State was to ensure the survival, security and prosperity of the United States within the international system, rather than its eventual absorption by the system. But his was an exultant prophecy, not an impartial assessment. The ideological foundation for Talbott’s beliefs was stated bluntly: “All countries are basically social arrangements, accommodations to changing circumstances. No matter how permanent and even sacred they may seem at any one time, in fact they are all artificial and temporary.” To the members of his class, all countries are but transient, virtual-reality entities. Owing emotional allegiance to any one of them is irrational, and risking one’s life for its sake is absurd.

The refusal of theWestern elite class to protect their nations from jihadist infiltration is the biggest betrayal in history. It is rooted in the mindset that breeds the claim that “force is not an answer” to terrorism, that profiling is bad and open borders are good, that “true” Islam is peaceful and the West is wicked. The upholders of such claims belong to the culture that has lost its bond with nature, history, and the supporting community. In the meantime, thanks to them, the quiet onslaught continues unabated, across the Straits of Gibraltar, through JFK and O’Hare, Heathrow and Schiphol. Far from enhancing diversity, it threatens to impose a numbing sameness and eradicate the identity of target-populations, to demolish their special character and uniqueness.

That supporting community, the real nation, is still out there, in North America and Europe alike, working and paying taxes and grinning and bearing it. When it is told of Islam’s “peace and tolerance,” it grumbles about someone’s stupidity or ineptitude, but it still does not suspect outright betrayal. The betrayers, meanwhile, promote an ideology of universal human values, of a common culture for the whole world. They may not even realize why they abet Islam. For all the outward differences, they share with the mullahs and sheikhs and imams the desire for a monistic One World. They both long for Talbot’s Single Global Authority, post-national and seamlessly standardized, an Ummah under a fancy secular name.

Those Americans and Europeans who love their lands and nations more than any others, and who put their families and their neighborhoods before all others, are normal people. Those who tell them that their attachments should be global and that their lands and neighborhoods belong to the whole world are sick and evil. They are our enemies and jihad’s indispensable objective allies.

The elite class, rootless, arrogant, cynically manipulative, has every intention of continuing to “fight” the war on terrorism without naming the enemy, without revealing his beliefs, without unmasking his intentions, without offending his accomplices, without expelling his fifth columnists, and without ever daring to win.

It is up to the millions of normal Europeans and their American cousins to stop the madness. The traitor class wants them to share its death wish, to self-annihilate as people with a historical memory and a cultural identity, and to make room for the post-human, monistic Utopia spearheaded by the jihadist fifth column.

This crime can and must be stopped. The founders of the United States overthrew the colonial government for offenses far lighter than those of which the traitor class is guilty.

Suggestions for the Future

Published at the Gates of Vienna blog in September 2008; republished with some changes here.

This essay overlaps to some extent with the essay Recommendations for the West from 2006. How should we respond to the threats our civilization is facing? First of all, ordinary citizens should take steps to protect their own security since crime and violence is spreading fast throughout the Western world. Second, we need to reclaim pride in our heritage, which has been lost or taken from us in recent years, and restore a proper teaching of this in the education system. We should assume that our leaders are not telling us the full truth about the scale of mass immigration.

Journalist Nick Fagge wrote the following in newspaper the Daily Express in October 2008:

“MORE than 50 million African workers are to be invited to Europe in a far-reaching secretive migration deal, the Daily Express can reveal today. A controversial taxpayer-funded ‘job centre’ opened in Mali this week is just the first step towards promoting ‘free movement of people in Africa and the EU’. Brussels economists claim Britain and other EU states will ‘need’ 56 million immigrant workers between them by 2050 to make up for the ‘demographic decline’ due to falling birth rates and rising death rates across Europe. The report, by the EU statistical agency Eurostat, warns that vast numbers of migrants could be needed to meet the shortfall in two years if Europe is to have a hope of funding the pension and health needs of its growing elderly population. It states:…’Having sufficient people of working age is vital for the economy and for tax revenue.’ The report, by French MEP Francoise Castex, calls for immigrants to be given legal rights and access to social welfare provision such as benefits. Ms Castex said: ‘It is urgent that member states have a calm approach to immigration. To say ‘yes’, we need immigration …is not a new development, we must accept it.’“

Unlimited mass immigration would destabilize cities that are already swamped in crime. Besides, we are real, physically existing peoples, nations, and countries, not walking tax revenue. We are told that the ongoing mass immigration from alien cultures is “good for the economy.” This is demonstrably false and resembles the “Big Lie” technique employed by the Nazis. Even if it were true, I would still reject this argument. I am not willing to give up our existence as a people in the hypothetical hope that doing so would earn us a few more electronic toys, of which we already have plenty. The notion that man is homo economicus, the economic man, nothing more than the sum of his functions as a worker and consumer, is widely shared by left-wingers and many right-wingers today. It is one of the most destructive ideologies of our time and needs to be defeated while there is still something left of European civilization to preserve. You cannot put a prize tag on your cultural identity and the heritage of your ancestors. I want my children to grow up in a country that is theirs, with a sense of belonging to a community with deep historical roots.

One “anti-Jihadist” in Scandinavia once indicated that it was OK with a Muslim majority in Europe as long as these Muslims respect “human rights.” They won’t, of course, but that’s not the point. The “debate” we have is between those who believe we should accept unlimited mass immigration and those who believe we should accept unlimited mass immigration as long as those who replace us believe in “human rights,” where the former group views the latter as “racists.” At no point is there any debate of whether native Europeans have the right to preserve our cultures and historical identities.

Globalism is the enemy within which needs to be defeated. Globalism does not refer to the impersonal forces of technological globalization (although committed Globalists like to pretend that it does, because this makes their ideological program seem “inevitable”), but to a Utopian ideology stating that erasing all national cultures and states (especially Western ones) is a positive good which should be promoted at all costs. Opposition to this should be banned as “discrimination,” “racism” and “nationalism” (the terms are used as synonyms).

I’ve engaged in long discussions as to whether or not our current weakness is caused by deeper-lying, structural flaws in our civilization or whether it is promoted by certain powerful groups with a dangerous agenda. My answer is that it is both. The ideology of Globalism is indeed promoted by certain elite groups much more than by the average citizen, and these ideas are enforced from above. This is happening all over the Western world, but it is particularly dangerous in Western Europe because of the legislative powers of the EU.

Although Leftists tend to be more aggressive, perhaps the dividing line in the internal struggle in the West is less between Left and Right and more between those who value national sovereignty and European culture and those who do not. Upholding borders has become more important in the age of globalization, not less. We need to reclaim control over our borders and reject any organization, either the EU, the UN, various human rights groups or others who prevent us from doing this. We must remind our political leaders that we pay national taxes because they are supposed to uphold our national borders. If they can’t do so, we should no longer be required to pay taxes. National taxes, national borders could become a new rallying cry.

There are both left-wing and right-wing Globalists. They have different agendas, for instance with left-wing Globalists putting emphasis on silencing free speech and promoting “international law” through the United Nations and similar organizations, while right-wing Globalists concentrate more on the free flow of people across borders, just as they want free flow of goods and capital across borders. The Presidential election campaign in the USA in 2008 between Obama and McCain is a race between a left-wing and a right-wing Globalist. Both want open borders, if only for slightly different reasons, and tend to think of countries as ideas, not as entities populated by distinct peoples with shared values and a common history.

An ideological “war within the West” has paved the way for a physical “war against the West” waged by Islamic Jihadists, who correctly view our acceptance of Muslim immigration as a sign of weakness. Perhaps we will need to resolve the war within the West before we can win the war against the West. When Europeans such as Polish king Jan III Sobieski led their troops to victory over the Turks in the 1683 Battle of Vienna, they fought for a number of things: Their country, their culture and their religion. People don’t just need to live; they need something to live for, and fight for.

We are against Islam. What are we for? I would suggest that one thing we should fight for is national sovereignty and the right to preserve our culture and pass it on to future generations. We are fighting for the right to define our own laws and national policies, not to be held hostage by the United Nations, unaccountable NGOs, transnational progressives or self-appointed guardians of the truth.

At the beginning of the 21st century, the West is the sick man of the world. We provide our sworn enemies with the technology and medicine to multiply, give them the transportation and legal rights to move to our countries (after showing them through TV and movies how much better life is in our part of the world). On top of this, we pay them to colonize our countries and harass our children while our leaders ban opposition to this as intolerance, discrimination and racism. When did the West stop thinking? Where did we go wrong? Here is the answer an American friend of mine gave:

“Well, there’s Marxism of course, which was extremely damaging in all its forms. There were the two world wars which killed so many of our people and caused a lack of cultural confidence. Then there was the Pax Americana and the unprecedented safety and affluence it brought to the Western World. We have now had two generations of Westerners, almost three, who have never known real poverty, hunger, war, or ‘the knock on the door in the middle of the night.’ Without a need for survival skills, we had the time and the money to focus on ever-more insane political and cultural ideologies…I think I remember reading something about how the Indian Hindu empires became ripe for conquest by Islam — ‘They focused on becoming good, instead of remaining powerful.’ I can’t remember the source on that though. But that’s what we are now — obsessing about how to be good, not on being powerful. And our ‘goodness’ isn’t worth much if the rest of the world is focused on becoming powerful. Also, you have to remember, a lot of people are making money out of these insane ideologies. The ‘diversity’ industry in the U.S. is worth billions — people with little skills or ability are being given comfy well-paid jobs because of it….And because of anti-discrimination laws, every organization, whether for profit or not, must have a ‘diversity’ plan to point to if they ever get sued for ‘discrimination.’ It’s literally a recession-proof captive industry. Anyways we’re sick and the whole world knows it. They are coming here to feed off our sickness.”

The West is rapidly declining as a percentage of world population and in danger of being overwhelmed by immigration from poorer countries with booming populations. People of European origins need to adjust our self-image correspondingly and ditch the current ideology of deranged altruism. We are not all-powerful and are not in a position to help everybody in developing countries out of poverty, certainly not by allowing them to move here. We need to develop a new mental paradigm dedicated to our own survival.

We should take a break from mass immigration in general. Any future immigration needs to be strictly controlled and exclusively non-Muslim. This break should be used to demonstrate clearly that the West will no longer serve as the dumping ground for excess population growth in other countries. We have cultures that we’d like to preserve, too, and cannot and should not be expected to accept unlimited number of migrants from other countries.

In my view, the best way to deal with the Islamic world is to have as little to do with it as possible. We should completely stop and if necessary ban Muslim immigration. This could be done in creative and indirect ways, such as banning immigration from nations with citizens known to be engaged in terrorist activities. We should remove all Muslim non-citizens currently in the West and change our laws to ensure that Muslim citizens who advocate sharia, preach Jihad, the inequality of “infidels” and of women should have their citizenship revoked and be deported back to their country of origin.

We need to create an environment where the practice of Islam is made difficult. Much of this can be done in non-discriminatory ways, by simply refusing to allow special pleading to Muslims. Do not allow the Islamic public call to prayer as it is offensive to other faiths. Boys and girls should take part in all sporting and social activities of the school and the community. The veil should be banned in all public institutions, thus contributing to breaking the traditional subjugation of women. Companies and public buildings should not be forced to build prayer rooms for Muslims. Enact laws to eliminate the abuse of family reunification laws. Do not permit major investments by Muslims in Western media or universities.

American columnist Diana West wants us to shift from a pro-democracy offensive to an anti-sharia defensive. Calling this a “War on Terror” as President George W. Bush did in 2001 was a mistake. Baron Bodissey of the Gates of Vienna blog has suggested the slogan “Take Back the Culture,” thus focusing on our internal struggle for traditional European culture.

People should be educated about the realities of Jihad and sharia. Educating non-Muslims about Islam is more important than educating Muslims, but we should do both. Groups of dedicated individuals should engage in efforts to explain the real nature of Islam, emphasizing the division that Islam teaches between Believer and Infidel, the permanent state of war between Dar al-Islam and Dar al-Harb and the use of taqiyya and kitman, religious deception.

As Hugh Fitzgerald of Jihad Watch says, we should explain why Islam encourages despotism (because allegiance is owed the ruler as long as he is a Muslim), economic paralysis, intellectual failure (the cult of authority, the hostility to free and skeptical inquiry) in Islamic countries. Let Muslims themselves begin slowly to understand that all of their political, economic, social, intellectual, and moral failures are a result of Islamic teachings.

Fitzgerald also suggests exploiting the many fissures within the Islamic world: Divide and conquer. Divide and demoralize. Islam has universalist claims but it talks about Arabs as the “best of peoples,” and has been a vehicle for Arab supremacy, to promote Arab conquest of wealthier non-Arab populations. In addition to divisions between Arabs and non-Arab Muslims, we have the sectarian divide between Shias and Sunnis, and the economic division between the fabulously rich oil-and-natural-gas Arab states and the poor Muslim countries.

Both the sectarian and economic divisions within Islam are best exploited by infidels doing nothing. If the Western world stops giving Egypt, Pakistan, Jordan, and the Palestinians “aid,” which has in reality become a disguised form of jizya, this will clear the psychological air. And it will force the poorer Arabs and other Muslims to go to the rich Arabs for support.

Right now, Muslims can enjoy the best of both worlds, and follow primitive religious laws while enjoying the fruits of 21st century civilization. We need to drive home the utter failure of the Islamic model by making sure that Muslims should no longer able to count on permanent Western or infidel aid in their overpopulated, self-primitivized states, whose very unviability they are prevented from recognizing by this constant infusion of aid.

We need to deprive Muslims as much as possible of Western jizya in other forms, which means ending foreign aid, but also institute a Manhattan Project for alternative sources of energy, in order to become independent of Arab oil.

As Mr. Fitzgerald asks: “What would the rich Arabs do if the Western world decided to seize their property in the West as the assets of enemy aliens, just as was done to the property owned not only by the German government, but by individual Germans, during World War II? And what would they do if they were to be permanently deprived of easy access to Western medical care?”

We must reject the “You turn into what you fight” argument. Those who fought the Nazis didn’t become Nazis during the Second World War. The truth is, we will become like Muslims if we don’t stand up to them and keep them out of our countries, otherwise they will subdue us and Islamize us by force. The West isn’t feared because we are “oppressors,” we are despised because we are perceived as weak and decadent. Jihadist websites have said that China is not the enemy at the moment. China, too, is an infidel enemy, but Muslims respect the Chinese more than Western nations. We can live with having enemies. The important thing is making sure that our enemies respect us, as Machiavelli indicated in The Prince.

We should implement a policy of containment of the Islamic world, but for this to work we will sometimes have to take military action to crush Muslim pretensions to grandeur. The Buddhists of Central Asia undoubtedly held the “moral high ground” in relations to Muslims. They are all dead now. At the very least, we must be prepared to back up our ideological defenses with force on certain occasions.

Several objections could be raised against the containment option. Some claim that it is too harsh and thus won’t be implemented; others say that it is insufficient and won’t work in the long run. It’s true that in the current political climate, expulsion of sharia-sponsoring Muslims isn’t going to happen, but the current ruling paradigm won’t last. It is likely that we will get civil wars in several Western countries because of the ongoing mass immigration. This will finally demonstrate how serious the situation is and force other Western nations to act.

I have heard comments that it isn’t practically doable to contain the Islamic world behind some artificial Maginot Line. When the Mongols could simply go around the Great Wall of China in the thirteenth century, it will be impossible to contain anybody in an age of modern communication technology. No, it won’t be easy, but we should at least try. Containment isn’t necessarily the only thing we need to do, just the very minimum that is acceptable. Perhaps the spread of nuclear technology will indeed trigger a large-scale war with the Islamic world at some point. The only way to prevent this is to take steps, including military ones, to deprive Muslims of dangerous technology. Jihad is waged by military, political, financial, demographic and diplomatic means. The defense against Jihad has to be equally diverse.

In the post What Can We Do?, Gates of Vienna republished an essay by reader Westerner which was originally posted at American writer Lawrence Auster’s website. Westerner argues that the separationist policy proposed by Auster and others of rolling back, containing, and using military force to quarantine Muslims would not be sufficient to make the non-Islamic world safe, because Islamic regimes would still exist and continue to seek ways to harm us. He therefore proposes a policy aimed at crushing Islam.

Nevertheless, my general policy recommendation is to advocate separation and containment. The crucial point is to stress that Islam cannot be reformed nor reconciled with our way of life. There is no moderate Islam. There can be moderate Muslims, but they can turn into Jihadists tomorrow or they can lie to deceive the infidels, which is widely practiced in Islam. There is no way for us to know. Those who want to understand this can read my online essay about “moderate Islam“ as well as the essay “Why We Cannot Rely on Moderate Muslims.”

According to blogger Conservative Swede, “In fact it is easier to argue for a stop of ALL immigration, to the general public, than a specific stop of Muslim immigration (maybe not in America, but surely in Sweden and the rest of Europe). People simply know very little about Islam. They need to be educated first, and already that is a big effort. So this is the first step. Before this has been achieved, before the awareness about the true face of Islam is firmly represented among the general public, it becomes pointless to push for deportation of all Muslims at the arenas directed at the general public. The first and current step is about educating people about Islam.” He puts emphasis on the need for breaking the spirit of our Jihadist enemies and finding ways of symbolically defeating them.

I have been criticized because my talk about containment and the need to limit even non-Muslim immigration smacks of the siege mentality of a friendless West. Advocating a policy of much stricter immigration control in general isn’t based on isolationism, it’s based on realism. We’re in the middle of the largest migration waves in human history. The simple fact is that far more people want to live in the West than we can possibly let in. Technology has made it easier for people to settle in other countries, and easier for them to stay in touch with their original homeland as if they never left. We have to deal with this fact by slowing the immigration rates to assimilation levels; otherwise our societies will eventually break down.

I’m advocating isolation of the Islamic world, not of the West. Even if we cannot allow all non-Muslims to freely settle in our lands, this does not mean that they have to be our enemies. Jihad is being waged against the entire non-Muslim world, not just the West. We should stop trying to “win the hearts and minds” of Muslims instead cooperate with other non-Muslims. It is important to stress here, however, that this cooperation should be based on mutually shared strategic interests, not on a Western mission to “save the world.”

We live in a world demographically — and perhaps soon economically — dominated by Asians, yet too many Westerners are still mentally stuck in an age where we had a dominant position. The Chinese look after Chinese interests, Indians after Indian interests, etc. This is how it should be. Only Westerners are supposed to worry about global interests. We should stop trying to save others and start saving ourselves, while we still can. Only by letting go of illusions of hegemony can we regain our sanity. The Western world order is dead. The sooner we realize that, the better are our chances. Instead of complaining about “decline” we could use this situation as an opportunity to define a new civilizational mission dedicated to our own survival. If cultural confusion is a cause of our low birth rates, it is possible that a new sense of purpose could lead to a rise in birth rates. The battle for Western hegemony is already over. The battle for Western survival is about to begin.

As I have pointed out several times in my essays, Islam is a secondary infection which feeds off our weakness. Muslims would never have been able to challenge us as much as they do now without finding willing collaborators within our ranks who viewed them as potential allies in the fight against their own civilization. Many immigrants are tools for our elites as well, a protected class being used as a battering ram for the “creative destruction” of established Western nation states. The groups that hate our civilization the most, along with Jihadist Muslims, are white Marxists, while some of the people who defend it are immigrants who were not born into it. We thus face the possibly unique situation of a civilization being attacked by insiders and defended by people who were not born into it.

We need to keep our eyes on the ball. Imagine if you have a zebra in a cage. A social engineer comes up with the brilliant idea that we now live in the age of globalization and that all creatures therefore have to learn to live together in harmony. If they refuse, they should be forced to participate in this noble project under the enlightened guidance of educated social engineers. The zebra is forced to share his cage with a lion. When he tries to protest, the social engineers tell him that he is an evil racist who suffers from lionophobia, which is promptly banned by law. Young zebras are taught through the education system and the media to feel weighed down by guilt because lions have suffered much injustice in the past. They are consequently prevented from identifying threats and responding to them in a sensible manner.

The experiment ends badly and many zebras are slaughtered. The question is: Who are really the bad guys in this case? I would blame the social engineers more than the lions. If a lion kills a zebra, he is only following his nature. Similarly, it is in Islam’s nature to attack others. If Muslims follow Islam’s nature, why should we be surprised? After all, they have been doing this for 1400 years. Yes, we should be angry with them, but we should first and foremost be angry with those who fed us false information, flooded our countries with enemies and forced us to live with them. They constitute enemy number one. We should never forget that. This analogy is not perfect since we are not dealing with animals but with human beings who can think for themselves. Nevertheless, we need to keep this in mind.

I believe we need to think of two distinct fights: The fight for the West and for European civilization, and the fight against Islam. They overlap on a number of occasions, but they are by no means identical. Moreover, just because Muslim immigration is uniquely harmful doesn’t mean that all other forms of mass immigration are unproblematic. Personally, I have two goals, listed here according to their relative importance:

1.   Defend European civilization and the peoples who have historically created it
2.   Fight Islam on a global basis

For my part, I have always, and will always, support priority number two, as long as this doesn’t conflict with priority number one. I will be happy to help Hindus in India or Buddhists in Thailand in the fight against Jihad, but that doesn’t mean that I will allow unlimited numbers of Asians settle in my country. This would spell the end of my nation, and that would obviously conflict with goal number one. There is a school of thought which says that it’s bad if native Europeans are displaced by Muslims, but OK if we are displaced by others. I would prefer not to be displaced by anybody. The defense of European civilization, which is what Western civilization actually is, is inseparable from the defense of the peoples who have historically created it. And no, we are not “socially constructed.”

The United Nations is heavily infiltrated by Islamic groups. We should starve it for funds and ridicule it at any given opportunity. As an alternative to the UN, we could create an organization where only democratic states could become members. The most important principle at this point is to contain the Islamic world. We simply cannot allow our enemies to have influence over our policies, which they do through the UN.

Europeans need to totally dismantle the European Union and regain national control over our borders and legislation. The EU is so deeply flawed and infiltrated by pro-Islamic thinking that it simply cannot be reformed. No, the EU isn’t the only problem we have, but it is the worst, and we can’t fix our other problems as long as the EU is in charge. And let’s end the stupid support for the Palestinians that the Eurabians have encouraged and start supporting our cultural cousin, Israel. Europe’s first line of defense starts in Jerusalem.

Europeans should adopt legislation similar to the First and Second Amendments in the American Bill of Rights, securing the right to free speech and gun ownership. The reason why European authorities are becoming increasingly totalitarian in their censorship efforts is to conceal the fact that they are no longer willing or able to uphold even the most basic security of their citizenry, far less our national borders.

We need to ditch the welfare state, which is probably doomed anyway. The welfare state wasn’t all bad, but it cannot compete in a world of billions of capitalists in low-cost countries. It creates a false sense of security in a dog-eat-dog world and breeds a passivity that is very dangerous in our struggle for survival. We should use the money to strengthen our border controls and rebuild credible militaries. Western Europeans have lived under Pax Americana for so long that we have forgotten how to defend ourselves. This needs to change, and soon.

I recently read the book The Shock Doctrine by the prominent left-wing intellectual Naomi Klein. That is, I made an attempt to read it. I gave up after a few chapters. Klein talks about how clean slate ideologies are dangerous, and mentions in passing some crimes committed by the Soviet regime and the criticism which followed its collapse. Then she says:

“The process has sparked heated debate around the world about how many of these atrocities stemmed from the ideology invoked, as opposed to its distortion by adherents like Stalin, Ceausescu, Mao and Pol Pot. ‘It was flesh-and-blood Communism that imposed wholesale repression, culminating in a state-sponsored reign of terror,’ writes Stéphane Courtois, co-author of the contentious Black Book of Communism. ‘Is the ideology itself blameless?’ Of course it is not. It doesn’t follow that all forms of Communism are inherently genocidal, as some have gleefully claimed, but it was certainly an interpretation of Communist theory that was doctrinaire, authoritarian, and contemptuous of pluralism that led to Stalin’s purges and to Mao’s re-education camps. Authoritarian Communism is, and should be, forever tainted by those real-world laboratories. But what of the contemporary crusade to liberate world markets?”

Klein claims that not all forms of market systems have to be inherently violent. They can leave room for free health care, too. She condemns “authoritarian interpretations” of Communism, but not necessarily Communism as such. Exactly where we can find examples of non-authoritarian Communism she doesn’t say. That’s as far as self-criticism has progressed in the political Left a generation after we “defeated” Marxism.

The economist Milton Friedman, along with F. Hayek, is one of the villains of Naomi Klein’s book. According to her, Friedman has stated that “only a crisis — actual or perceived — produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around. That, I believe, is our basic function: to develop alternatives to existing policies, to keep them alive and available until the politically impossible becomes politically inevitable.” Friedman believes that during a crisis, we only have a brief window of opportunity before society slips back into the “tyranny of the status quo,” and that we need to use this opportunity or lose it.

This is actually sound advice and in my view the strategy Western survivalists should follow. When I first started writing as Fjordman I focused on how to “fix the system.” I’ve gradually come to the conclusion that the system cannot be fixed. Not only does it have too many enemies; it also contains too many internal contradictions. If we define the “system” as mass immigration from alien cultures, Globalism, Multiculturalism and suppression of free speech in the name of “tolerance,” then this is going to collapse. It’s inevitable.

The goal of European and Western survivalists — and that’s what we are, it is our very survival that is at stake — should not be to “fix” the ideology of Multiculturalism but to be mentally prepared for its collapse, and to develop coherent answers to what went wrong and prepare to implement the necessary remedies when the time comes. We need to seize the window of opportunity, and in order to do so, we need to define clearly what we want to achieve. What went wrong with our civilization, and how can we survive and hopefully regenerate, despite being an increasingly vulnerable minority in an often hostile world?

If or when the European Union collapses, we need to stage trials against the creators of Eurabia and denounce the lies told by our media and academia. Their ideology needs to be exposed as evil. The political elites implement the agendas of our enemies and ignore the interests of their people. Change will come when they fear the consequences of their betrayal more than they fear Muslims. We need to regain control over our national borders and legislation, and we need to reclaim control over the media. Those who control the media, control society.

It is easy to blame others, but we have to accept responsibility for our situation. Yes, we have indeed been betrayed by our leaders, but that’s only part of the problem. People tend to get the governments they deserve. Maybe we get weak leaders because we are weak, or because they can exploit weaknesses in our mentality to get us where they want; anti-Americanism, anti-Semitism, our excessive desire for consensus and suppression of dissent, the anti-individualistic legacy from Socialism and the passivity bred by welfare state bureaucracy. Muslims are stuck with their problems and blame everybody else for their failures because they can never admit they are caused by deep flaws in their culture. We shouldn’t make the same mistake. Europeans export wine; Arabs export whine. That’s the way it should be.

In his book The River War published in 1899, Winston Churchill wrote about the cursed effects of Mohammedanism (which is what Islam is):

“The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities — but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome.”

This description remains correct today. Nevertheless, bad as it is, Islam isn’t the cause of our current weakness. In addition to plain decadence, there is a widespread feeling in much of Europe that nothing is worth fighting for, certainly not through armed struggle. There are no Great Truths, everything is equal. Maybe Europe’s faith in itself died in Auschwitz, but it was severely wounded in the trenches of the First World War. It was WW1 that radicalized Europe, triggered the Russian Revolution and the rise of Soviet Communism, and filled Germany, including a young corporal named Adolf Hitler, with a desire for vengeance and much of the ammunition they needed for their rise to power in the 1930s.

I have heard claims that European civilization will not survive the twenty-first century. A century is a very long time, we should remember that. Would anybody (except a Churchill) in the early twentieth century, when Europe was strong, have predicted that it would now be in the process of being overpowered by Algerians and Pakistanis? Things change. They can change for the worse, but also for the better. Our ancestors, better men and women than we are, held the line against Islam for more than one thousand years, sacrificing their blood for the continent. By doing so, they not only preserved the European heartland and thus Western civilization itself, but quite possibly the world in general from Islamic dominance. The stakes involved now are no less than they were then, possibly even greater.

It is difficult to predict the future, apart from the fact that there will be a lot of turbulence. As American scholar Daniel Pipes puts it, the decisive events have yet to take place, perhaps within the next decade or so. The situation is historically unprecedented: “No large territory has ever shifted from one civilization to another by virtue of a collapsed population, faith, and identity; nor has a people risen on so grand a scale to reclaim its patrimony. The novelty and magnitude of Europe’s predicament make it difficult to understand, tempting to overlook, and nearly impossible to predict. Europe marches us all into terra incognita.”

Some people claim that Europe isn’t worth fighting for and that many people here deserve what’s coming. Some of them probably do, yes. The catch is that the people who deserve most to be punished for the current mess are the ones who are least likely to pay the price. The creators of Eurabia will be the first to flee the continent when the going gets tough, leaving those who have never heard of Eurabia and never approved of its creation to fight.

Edmund Burke believed that if a society can be seen as a contract, we must recognize that most parties to the contract are either dead or not yet born. I like that idea, which means that when you fight for a country, you don’t just fight for the ones that are there now, but for those who lived there before and for those who will live there in the future. If we don’t want to fight for what Europe is today then let us fight for what it once was, and maybe, just maybe, for what it may become once more. There was real greatness in this continent once. It seems a long time ago now, but we can get there again. Meanwhile, let us work to ensure the survival of European civilization, which is now very much in question.

This concludes Defeating Eurabia. The entire book will eventually be available as a downloadable PDF. When it becomes available, the download information will be provided here.

Update on Slovenia

I have written previously about Slovenia, but not very often, because Slovenia has a very small Muslim population and no mosques at all. Consequently, the Euro-jihad news tends to cluster elsewhere.

Map of Slovenia

Yesterday a reader from Slovenia named Janez Gorenc happened on my old posts and left a comment on the earlier one. The thread is so old that most readers will miss what he had to say, so I’m reproducing his comment below. I’ve edited it slightly for punctuation and clarity:

Just a few clarifications. First, the ethnic origin of Slav is from the word slovo, meaning “word”. Therefore we related to ourselves as to the ones who can speak, whereas the Germans, who were our neighbours a good 1500 years ago were nemci, mutes. There are other explanations as well, like the one about slaves, but most linguists find the one I gave first the most plausible.

Second, the post “Slovenian Journalists Speak Out Against EU Censorship” is wrong. The 571 signatures on the letter to the EU commission were about our government, which was ostensibly imposing censorship on our media. The journalists who had signed the letter never provided a single piece of evidence to support their claim but it was their little private war against the incumbent prime minister, who is (alas!) centre-right wing.

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As for the mosque, Ljubljana — or Slovenia for that matter — still has none. Unfortunately, the current major of Ljubljana, a half-Serbian himself, is pushing hard for its construction, as if he believes it will be some sort of badge of honour for Ljubljana. However, there have been complications so the project isn’t getting anywhere far.

And when one problem is solved, another springs up. Someone will just have to stand up and tell the truth — most people here don’t want a mosque, they don’t want any Islamic group setting their demands like we can see in Italy or even Austria.

When some Iranian athletes a few years ago wanted a cow butchered halal-fashion, the whole of Slovenia jumped to its feet. And on top of that our public television aired “Not Without My Daughter” that very evening. So PC isn’t a malady many Slovenians are ailing from.

I must say that there are times when I think we are rather backward and too xenophobic. But I more and more see that it is a trait necessary today if one wants to survive.

Wonderful blog, this. Keep up the good work.

Best wishes,
Janez Gorenc

The Total Destruction of White People

Minister King Samir ShabazzThe man in the photo at right is displaying what’s colloquially known as a “’tude”: an attitude of smoldering anger towards the world in general, and — in his case — against the white people of America in particular.

He’s Minister King Samir Shabazz, the leader of the Philadelphia chapter of the New Black Panthers. His goal, proclaimed emphatically, repeatedly, and publicly, is to destroy white people.

So is he a racist?

No. He can’t possibly be one, because he’s a member of a historically oppressed group, and only members of the privileged elite oppressive majority can be racists. If his organization succeeds in its goal and destroys white people, leaving the surviving remnant a minority in the land, perhaps then his program would become “racist”.

But don’t bet on it. I expect that there would have to be a waiting period of several thousand years to make up for their past transgressions before white people could ever claim victim status in Minister Shabazz’ brave new world.

Just as a matter of interest, he’s no fan of Barack Hussein Obama. From the point of view of Minister Shabazz, the Messiah of Hope and Change is a traitor to his race, a puppet for his white masters.

According to

New Panthers’ War on Whites

Some people wear their heart on their sleeve.

Minister King Samir Shabazz wears his on his forehead. Right between the eyes.

“If you want to stop the revolution, that’s what you got to hit,” Shabazz said, pointing to the target tattooed onto his forehead. “I fight my oppressor, and I give him the target.”

Shabazz is chairman of the New Black Panther Party’s Philadelphia chapter. In black beret atop dreadlocks and a black military uniform, he spends most weekdays near City Hall condemning “crackers” and exhorting black passers-by to rise up against their “slavemasters” — and to give him $2 for the party’s semi-annual newspaper.

Minister Shabazz outlines his political program:
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  • On whites: “I’m about the total destruction of white people. I’m about the total liberation of black people. I hate white people. I hate my enemy…”
  • On Jews: “I don’t care how much they try to promote the Jewish Holocaust. The African people have suffered a hell of a cost…”
  • On Barack Obama and voting: “He’s a puppet on a string. I don’t support no black man running for white politics. I will not vote for who will be the next slavemaster.” Besides, he added, Obama is “a Negro who doesn’t even support reparations for black people in America.”
  • On white supremacists: “They’re sissies; they want to put their feelings on a flier. Well, come into the black neighborhood with that rhetoric and we will show you what a strong awakened black man looks like.”
  • On the Phillies: “They can kiss my ass. The Phillies are not doing nothing for our ‘hoods.”

Hmm… I’m not sure how baseball got mixed in with all the violent revolutionary politics.

He’s 38 and has children, but he won’t say how many or provide any more details about his personal life, partly for security reasons but also because this reporter is a “cracker.”

He listens to “revolutionary, cracker-killing hip-hop” on his headphones and says things like: “I’ll get black to you on that.”

And he says that he never worries what response his violent rhetoric might provoke in listeners.

“The only thing the cracker understands is violence,” said Shabazz, whose face also bears the tattoos “Freedom,” “BPG” (Black Power Gang) and “NBPP” (New Black Panther Party). “The only thing the cracker understands is gunpowder.

“You got to take violence to violence.”

This is an extreme example of classic ghetto mau-mauing, designed to make a shiver run up the effete spine of the average suburban dry-Chablis-and-runny-brie honky.

But this is Philadelphia, home to MOVE, and the city has a history of violent revolutionary black liberation movements, groups that are too far off the scale for even ACORN and Jeremiah Wright, not to mention Barry Soetoro.

I think these guys mean business.

Hat tip: VH.

Bart Debie and Frank Vanhecke

I just received an email from Paul Belien of the Brussels Journal with an update about Bart Debie and the connection between Mr. Debie’s case and that of Frank Vanhecke.

When you look at what has happened to these two men, a pattern emerges. These are political prosecutions by the Belgian establishment designed to intimidate and silence Vlaams Belang and anyone else who opposes the current socialist despotism in Belgium.

Frank Vanhecke on the ground in Schuman Square

In both cases no underlings were targeted, only party leaders. The people who committed the alleged crimes — assuming that “racism” is a crime, and that it actually occurred — were never prosecuted. The authorities are aiming head shots at Vlaams Belang, with the intention of removing it as a viable political force.

Given the concerted media effort to demonize the party as “neo-Nazis” — which has had international success, as exemplified by the snookering of LGF — the corrupt Belgian establishment’s political strategy has become clear: destroy Vlaams Belang by any and all means necessary, and prevent any possibility for an independent Flanders.

Here’s what Paul said:

I just checked all the Belgian newspapers of this week. Not a single word about Bart Debie and his predicament this week. Not a word (for more information see Diana West’s recent blog posts here, here, and here).

Meanwhile, next Monday afternoon (5:30pm), the European Parliament will vote on whether or not to lift the parliamentary immunity of Frank Vanhecke, the former party leader (until last Spring) of Vlaams Belang.

The Parliament’s “rapporteur”, the German Christian-Democrat Lehne, has advised the MEPs to vote in favour of lifting Frank’s parliamentary immunity. Hence, there is no doubt that the European Parliament will indeed do so.

Once this is done, the Belgian authorities can prosecute Frank on charges of racism.

Some background info from my article of 12 September 2008:

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The Belgian authorities hold Mr Vanhecke responsible for the publication of a text in a local party publication in the town of Sint-Niklaas. The author had blamed a wave of vandalism at a Christian cemetery on immigrant youths. As the culprits were minors, Belgian law prohibits disclosing their identity, thereby preventing the VB to prove beyond doubt whether or not the youthful vandals were, indeed, Muslim immigrants. Though the author of the text is known and is NOT being prosecuted, Mr Vanhecke is, even though he had not written the article, nor seen it before it was published. The authorities hold him responsible for the article since he was the national VB leader at the time of publication.

The European Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs is currently discussing whether or not to lift Mr Vanhecke parliamentary immunity. On Monday Guido Naets, the former spokesman of the European Parliament, asked the Committee to turn down the Belgian request. Mr Naets pointed out that Vlaams Belang is a Flemish-secessionist party which aims for the independence of Flanders from Belgium. He declared that this, and not racism, is the real reason why the Belgian authorities want to thwart the party by banning Mr Vanhecke from standing in the coming European elections. “In the almost 30 years that I have known Frank Vanhecke […] I have never been able to catch him out on any form of racism whatsoever,” Mr Naets said. “Vanhecke will be prosecuted because he is a symbol for a party that wants to abolish Belgium. For all these reasons I beg the European Parliament, beginning with this Commission not to become an accessory to a political lynching and an attempted smear attack of a radical Flemish party, in which racism is being used as a cheap excuse.”

As you can see, Frank’s case holds striking similarities to that of Bart Debie’s.

Bart was convicted on racism charges because some police officers of his department beat up criminals while allegedly making racist remarks about them.

Although Bart was not present when these incidents occurred and the identity of the police officers who committed the actual offenses is known, they have not been prosecuted, but Bart has. The court held him responsible for “creating a racist atmosphere in the police force,” although he himself made no racist remarks, nor beat up anyone, nor ordered his officers to beat up anyone.

Frank Vanhecke is being prosecuted for allegedly racist remarks written in a local VB pamphlet in a provincial town by a local VB member. Although the identity of the local member who wrote the article is known, the latter will not be prosecuted, but Frank will be. Did he “created a racist atmosphere in his party” without ever making racist remarks himself nor ordering anyone to do so?

If convicted (and there is little doubt that this will happen) Frank might also have to spend at least one symbolic day in a crowded, smelly cell among ordinary criminals. He will also be robbed of his civil and political rights and he will be no longer be able to stand in any elections.

Frank heads the VB list for the European elections next June. The Belgian authorities clearly intend to “behead” this list by taking out Frank, who is very popular with ordinary voters. This will force the party to have someone else, e.g. Philip Claeys — a good guy, but less popular and not so well known as Frank — to head the list.

The current plight of the Europeans is frequently dismissed by some of our American readers, who say, “It’s their own fault. Europeans repeatedly vote to keep the socialists in power, so they deserve what they get.”

The above information illustrates why this is not true. A systematic and successful manipulation of the system has effectively disenfranchised most Europeans. The socialist mandarins of the EU and its member states use blatantly illegal strong-arm methods to make sure that voters have only three choices in elections: Socialism, More Socialism, and Full Eurabia.

It’s not possible to vote for any other alternatives. And it’s especially not possible to vote in a nationalist anti-EU party, no matter how popular its policies are, no matter how strongly it reflects the will of the people.

Such electoral outcomes are simply not allowed.

If Americans want an analogy in their own country, they can look at immigration policy. Here in the USA, the current immigration regime is immensely unpopular. Enforcing the border has overwhelming cross-party support among ordinary people.

Yet both major parties favor open borders. Both parties steadfastly refuse to enforce existing laws. The American people simply can’t vote for anything else.

This is the way tyranny is introduced into democratic political systems:

1.   The electoral structure is gamed to favor those who already hold power,
2.   The media are manipulated or co-opted to demonize any serious opposition to the existing corrupt system,
3.   Any political opposition that manages to fight past #1 and #2 is destroyed by dirty, underhanded, and illegal means to prevent their electoral success, and
4.   The masses of ill-educated voters are bought off with the bread and circuses of socialist giveaway programs.

This is the way Western Civilization ends. Forget the revolution. Forget the dramatic moment of violent destruction.

No bang. Just whimper.

France Gets it Right

The French have an immigration problem.

France has the largest percentage of Muslims of any country in Europe, the immigrant banlieues around their major cities are subject to massive civil unrest on a nightly basis, and President Nicolas Sarkozy is one of the most obsequious dhimmis on the continent. But in recent months French immigration policy has morphed into the toughest in Europe.

France is having none of the open-ended family reunification policies that are so popular in the rest of Europe. The French crackdown may be a violation of EU rules, but, hey — they’re French, so they don’t need to worry about such trivialities.

According to ANSAmed:

Immigration: France; Language Obligation for Reunitings

PARIS, OCTOBER 30 — Candidates for reuniting with their families in France will have to already have learned French to obtain a visa. This is what a decree which will be published in the Official Gazette prescribes. Every request for a reuniting with family will be accompanied by an exam which will be cultural and linguistic, which will provide “simple questions”, writes Le Figaro on its online site.

One of the questions is, for example: “In France can a woman work without authorisation from her husband?”. This new device will be enacted starting in early December.

Not only that, France is deporting people in record numbers. Once again, according to ANSAmed:
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France: Over 23,000 Deportations in 2008

PARIS, OCTOBER 30 — In the first nine months of the year, the number of illegal immigrants deported from France exceeded the overall figure for 2007 (23,000), as Immigration Minister Brice Hortefeux announced in submitting the budget drawn up by his ministry at the national assembly.

Last year the target 26,000 deportations was not achieved, only sending away 23,000, but this year policies are encouraging professional immigration and limiting permits for family reasons, with the intention of struggling against illegal immigration in a firm manner.

A decree to be released on Saturday calls for candidate wanting to be granted permits for family reasons to undergo a test of cultural knowledge in their country of origin as well as a requirement for a solid knowledge of the French language to be able to be granted a visa.

If countries with a far lower percentage of immigrants — Ireland, Norway, or Finland, for example — were to apply similar draconian policies, the Muslim issue could be resolved in less than a generation.

But don’t hold your breath. The rest of the continent is trending in the opposite direction — holding the doors wide open and welcoming in ever-larger numbers of newcomers.

Hat tip: Insubria.

Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/30/2008

Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/30/2008Thus far I haven’t managed to post about Sarah Maple, the British (Muslim) artist who has gotten herself in trouble with sacrilegious photography. Now she’s being actively threatened; check out the news article below.

Other stories of note concern the licensed brewing of European beer in the Muslim Middle East and the suppression of writers and publishers in Tunisia and Algeria.

Germany: just like Tunisia, only colder!

Thanks to Abu Elvis, C. Cantoni, Cimmerian, Henrik, Insubria, Islam in Action, JD, JEH, KGS, LN, Steen, TB, turn, and all the other tipsters who sent these in. Headlines and articles are below the fold.
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ACORN ‘Shock Troops’ Tied to Election Crimes Facing Fraud Investigations, Prosecutions, Over Aggressive ‘Voter Registration’ Drives
Can the ‘Black Jesus’ Escape an Assassin’s Bullet?
Life of the New Party
Mr. Obama: Personal Responsibility, Personal Accountability
Thousands of Students Found Registered in Two States
Quebec Demands Immigrants Sign-Off on ‘Shared Values’
What’s the Canadian Islamic Congress Doing for Halloween?
Europe and the EU
Credit Crunch ‘May Turn Whites to Far Right’
Cyprus: Government to Amend Law Banning Entry to “Idiots”
Gallery Attacked Over ‘Insulting’ Artworks
Imams Head to Morocco for ‘Training’
Iranian Court Finds Way to Acquit Christians of ‘Apostasy’
Mortgage Crisis: King Sure That Spain Will be in Washington
Sweden: ‘One-Eye’ Defence Fails for Drunken Driver
Mediterranean Union
Carlsberg Finalises Turkish Unit Sale to CBC Group
Immigration: Libyan Minister to Work With Italy
Morocco: EU Commission to Distribute School Kits in Tangiers
Spain: Educational Trips to Morocco for Castille Students
Tunisia: Heineken Beer to be Brewed by Sonobra Company
Yemen, Netherlands Celebrate Years of Cooperation
North Africa
Algeria: Benchicou, New Book Seized by Police
Italy ‘Warned’ Libya of US Attack
Publishing: Tunisia, Weekly Paper Confiscated
TV: Algeria; Minister, Private Broadcasters Not Expected
Israel and the Palestinians
Jerusalem Museum Sparks Muslims’ Outrage
Knesset’s Right-Wing Factions Merge to Form New Party
Mideast: Hamas Announces Liberation of PLO Prisoners
Olmert Apologizes to Mubarak for Official’s Taunt
Middle East
Bush to Attend Interfaith Conference
Energy: Turkey, Iran May Sign Investment Deal in November
How the Mutawas (Morality Police) Keep the Saudi Society Clean From Vice
Iran-Turkey Gas Pipeline Delay to Hurt Turkish Economy
Light Dawns on Girls’ Education
Mortgage Crisis: Gulf Markets Down, Riad and Dubai OK
Muslim Wives Can Use Karate Against Violent Husbands
Saudi Families Reject Unstable Members
Turkey in Talks With Japan on Iraq Oil Exploration Projects
US Commander in Iraq Pledges to Help Ankara to Fight PKK
Coexistence Important, Says Forum
Russia-Libya: Gaddafi in Moscow, Old Ties Resurface
Siberian Oil for China
South Asia
Afghanistan: Deadly Bomb Blast Targets Ministry in Kabul
Ban Muslims From Yoga: Malaysian Cleric
In Jakarta Christian Priests and Activists First Target of Islamic Terrorists by Mathias Hariyadi
India: Deadly Bomb Blasts Cause Chaos
Indonesia: Controversial Anti-Porn Bill Passed in Jakarta
Western Boycott Fails as Uzbek Children Still Forced to Pick Cotton
Far East
Europe Asks Hanoi to End “Systematic Violation” of Human Rights
Sub-Saharan Africa
Somalia (Puntland): First Arrest After Bosaso Attacks
Immigration: Do Not Ask Libya to be Europe’s Policeman
‘Super-Immigrants’ and Denmark’s Welfare State
Culture Wars
Greece: De Facto Couples Will Not Include Gays
Huff Post Writer Stabs Lesbian Lover 222 Times
Snow Blankets London for Global Warming Debate
Asia, World Leader in Religious Freedom Violations
From Meccania to Atlantis — Part 1: the March of the Body Snatchers
Hirsi Ali, Critic of Islam, Honored for Courage


ACORN ‘Shock Troops’ Tied to Election Crimes Facing Fraud Investigations, Prosecutions, Over Aggressive ‘Voter Registration’ Drives

ACORN’s “shock troops” have been linked to or convicted of perjury, forgery, identity theft and election fraud in recent years, and now are facing investigation for alleged violations of federal election law in 12 states, according to a new report from Matthew Vadum, a senior editor for the Capital Research Center. Vadum, whose work with the Research Center includes studies of non-profit organizations, has released a report titled, “ACORN: Who Funds the Weather Underground’s Little Brother?” documenting the troubled past and current problems facing the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Can the ‘Black Jesus’ Escape an Assassin’s Bullet?

Excluding the sneaking suspicion that the American electorate has collectively lied to the opinion pollsters for fear of appearing to be racists, it seems that only one thing can now prevent Barack Obama’s date with destiny: an assassin’s bullet.

This might sound alarmist, but drive past Obama’s £1 million mansion in the affluent Chicago suburb of Hyde Park — one of the few mixed neighbourhoods in a city still shockingly segregated four decades after Martin Luther King based his civil rights crusade here — and you realise how seriously the threat is taken.

To the anger of his neighbours, who can no longer park in their own driveways without being subjected to airport-style vetting, the house is protected night and day by a dozen armed officers with ‘Secret Service’ emblazoned on their bulletproof vests.

The road, off-limits to all but local residents, is blocked by huge concrete slabs which detract from the eye-catching display of pumpkins that Obama’s wife Michelle and two young daughters have laid around their front gate for Halloween.

Is an audacious attack really expected? Given that Obama has an unprecedented level of protection for a Presidential candidate, it is clear the authorities believe his life is in danger…

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Life of the New Party

By Stanley Kurtz

A variety of evidence now indicates, with a high degree of likelihood, that Barack Obama was a member of the far-left New Party, which also endorsed him in his first run for the Illinois state senate in 1996. Obama’s New party ties graphically illustrate the connection between his troubling “associations” and the core economic issues of the presidential campaign. The New Party’s agenda was radically redistributionist. More important, the New Party’s specific strategy for achieving its economic goals precisely paralleled Obama’s now infamous 2001 radio remarks on “major redistributive change.” So let’s take a tour of New Party ideology, after which we can explore the ever-increasing evidence that Obama himself was in fact a New Party member.

Left of Liberal

Obama’s New Party-endorsed first run for office began in late 1995. So it’s of interest that New Party co-founder Joel Rogers published an essay describing the Left’s need for the New Party in the March/April 1995 issue of The New Left Review. (The New Left Review, can fairly be described as a prestigious outlet for writing that is largely Marxist/Socialist in content.) Since the revelation of Obama’s New Party ties, Rogers has striven to paint his outlook as mainstream and moderate. Yet this 1995 article, contemporaneous with Obama’s run for office as a New Party-endorsed candidate, gives the lie to that claim.

It’s notable that New Party supporter and left-extremist Noam Chomsky is one of the few readers thanked in Rogers’s acknowledgments. From there, Rogers quickly links his political prescription to the claim that there are fundamental problems in the way American society is structured. Above all, Rogers expresses disdain for liberals, who characteristically refuse to take steps to gain “social control of the economy” or to put “serious constraints on capital.” Mere liberals (embodied for Rogers by Bill Clinton) are corrupt tools of “unconstrained capitalism.”

In Rogers’s view, then, American capitalism needs to be tamed and transformed in fundamental, structural, ways, a task which mere liberals are unable and unwilling to undertake. Rogers does also slam America’s use of force in pursuit of its foreign policy goals, and decry our legacy of “four hundred years’ racism.” Yet his focus is clearly on the need to transform the very structure of the American economy.

This is why Rogers addresses himself, not to Clintonian liberals, but to “progressives.” For Rogers, the key difference between the two is that liberals are unwilling to generate a popular movement from below that would remove command of the economy from the hands of corporate capitalists. Liberals are content to manipulate the public from above, when what’s actually needed, says Rogers, is “mobilizing outside the state.” Only such grassroots mobilizing can hope to challenge corporate power…

           — Hat tip: turn [Return to headlines]

Mr. Obama: Personal Responsibility, Personal Accountability

By Frosty Wooldridge

How will Obama fix it?


He will shove Marx’s ideas onto hard working American citizens. It’s going to look like

this example from an unknown Internet blog:

“Today on my way to lunch I passed a homeless guy with a sign that read “Vote Obama, I

need the money.” I laughed.

“Once in the restaurant my server wore an “Obama 08” tie, again I laughed as he had given

away his political preference—just imagine the coincidence.

“When the bill came I decided not to tip the server and explained to him that I was

exploring the Obama redistribution of wealth concept. He stood there in disbelief while I

told him that I was going to redistribute his tip to someone who I deemed more in

need—the homeless guy outside. The server angrily stormed from my sight.

“I went outside, gave the homeless guy $5 and told him to thank the server inside as I’ve

decided he could use the money more. The homeless guy was grateful.

“At the end of my rather unscientific redistribution experiment I realized the homeless

guy was grateful for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I

gave away the money he did earn even though the actual recipient needed money more.

“I guess redistribution of wealth is an easier thing to swallow in concept than in

practical application.”

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Obama Would Fail Security Clearance

by Daniel Pipes

With Colin Powell now repeating the lie that Barack Obama has “always been a Christian,” despite new information further confirming Obama’s Muslim childhood (such as the Indonesian school registration listing him as Muslim), one watches with dismay as the Democratic candidate manages to hide the truth on this issue.

Instead, then, let us review a related subject — Obama’s connections and even indebtedness, throughout his career, to extremist Islam. Specifically, he has longstanding, if indirect ties to two institutions, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), listed by the U.S. government in 2007 as an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas-funding trial; and the Nation of Islam (NoI), condemned by the Anti-Defamation League for its “consistent record of racism and anti-Semitism.”

First, Obama’s ties to Islamists…

           — Hat tip: Henrik [Return to headlines]

Obama Accepting Untraceable Donations Won’t Use Basic Security Measures to Prevent Illegal, Anonymous Contributions

Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is allowing donors to use largely untraceable prepaid credit cards that could potentially be used to evade limits on how much an individual is legally allowed to give or to mask a contributor’s identity, campaign officials confirmed.

Faced with a huge influx of donations over the Internet, the campaign has also chosen not to use basic security measures to prevent potentially illegal or anonymous contributions from flowing into its accounts, aides acknowledged. Instead, the campaign is scrutinizing its books for improper donations after the money has been deposited.

The Obama organization said its extensive review has ensured that the campaign has refunded any improper contributions, and noted that Federal Election Commission rules do not require front-end screening of donations.

In recent weeks, questionable contributions have created headaches for Obama’s accounting team as it has tried to explain why campaign finance filings have included itemized donations from individuals using fake names, such as Es Esh or Doodad Pro. Those revelations prompted conservative bloggers to further test Obama’s finance vetting by giving money using the kind of prepaid cards that can be bought at a drugstore and cannot be traced to a donor.

The problem with such cards, campaign finance lawyers said, is that they make it impossible to tell whether foreign nationals, donors who have exceeded the limits, government contractors or others who are barred from giving to a federal campaign are making contributions.

“They have opened the floodgates to all this money coming in,” said Sean Cairncross, chief counsel to the Republican National Committee. “I think they’ve made the determination that whatever money they have to refund on the back end doesn’t outweigh the benefit of taking all this money upfront.”

The Obama campaign has shattered presidential fundraising records, in part by capitalizing on the ease of online giving. Of the $150 million the senator from Illinois raised in September, nearly $100 million came in over the Internet.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Obama Wins Shaman Vote: Video

October 30, 2008—Barack Obama has already won a landslide among one demographic. Shamans in Peru burned incense over a llama fetus and threw flowers on posters of Obama and John McCain to send good vibes to the candidates.

           — Hat tip: Abu Elvis [Return to headlines]

Thousands of Students Found Registered in Two States

An ongoing analysis of data matching voter registration lists in other states with the list of newly registered voters in Virginia has confirmed that there are thousands of students who attend college in Virginia who are registered here as well as in their home state. Even more alarming, some of these students have applied for absentee ballots in their home state after having just registered to vote here.

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Quebec Demands Immigrants Sign-Off on ‘Shared Values’

MONTREAL — Future immigrants to Quebec will be required to sign a declaration promising to learn French and respect Quebec’s “shared values,” the government announced on Wednesday.

In a document with echoes of the controversial code adopted last year by the rural town of Hérouxville, immigrants will be informed that Quebec is a democracy where men and women are equal and violence is prohibited.

“Quebecers have said yes to immigration, but they said yes to immigration on the condition that these immigrants integrate into our society,” Immigration Minister Yolande James said as she announced the policy, which takes effect in January. She added that immigrating to Quebec “is a privilege not a right.”

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What’s the Canadian Islamic Congress Doing for Halloween?

By Ezra Levant

That’s not a sentence that I thought I’d ever write, though it does lend itself to a few obvious jokes about what costumes their president for life, Mohamed Elmasry, would choose to wear, and whether they would make him more or less scary than he is when he’s being himself.

Elmasry, readers will recall, is famous for two things: appearing on Michael Coren’s TV show to declare that all adult Israelis are a legitimate target for terrorist attacks, and for filing a “human rights” complaint (three of them, actually) against Maclean’s magazine for publishing a book excerpt from Mark Steyn’s America Alone. Here’s an essay I wrote about the great man for the National Post, before he launched his fatwa against Maclean’s.

Well, news comes from Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs that Zijad Delic, the Canadian Islamic Congress’s executive director and Elmasry’s right hand man, will be giving a lecture at Foreign Affairs’ headquarters in Ottawa. That’s right: the Jew-hating, terrorist-condoning Canadian Islamic Congress will be lecturing Canadian diplomats and bureaucrats, on government property and the taxpayers’ dime.

I can hardly wait to hear the reviews from Delic’s talk. Will he start off with a defence of Saudi-style censorship, as he did in this article? Or will he skip straight to the good stuff, such as the CIC’s praise for Iran’s Mahmoud Ahamdinejad and his nuclear ambitions? I hope Canada’s diplomats are taking notes!

Here’s a copy of the memo sent out to all staff at DFAIT headquarters earlier this week…

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Europe and the EU

Credit Crunch ‘May Turn Whites to Far Right’

Britain faces a surge in far-right extremism if white working-class families do not get help with the economic crisis, the race watchdog warned yesterday.

Trevor Phillips, of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, wants action so Britons can compete for jobs with skilled migrants.

He dismissed suggestions immigration should be capped. But he warned the UK faces the same flare-ups of racial tension seen in Austria, Belgium and Holland if ministers to do not do more for working-class whites.

Mr Phillips said: “The name of the game today is to tackle inequality.

“In most parts of this country the disadvantaged won’t be black or brown, they’ll be white.”

Labour MP Jon Cruddas, who is battling the far-right BNP in his Dagenham seat, warned the extremist party could benefit from economic misery. He said: “They will be trying to feed off this.”

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Cyprus: Government to Amend Law Banning Entry to “Idiots”

(ANSAmed) — NICOSIA, 9 OTT — The Cyprus Interior Ministry is currently reviewing the law that prevents “idiots or mentally ill” people from entering the island. The law on paper actually bans entry to persons that are “idiots or insane or mentally ill or for any other reason they may be unable to care for themselves”, as Cyprus Mail reports. Interior Minister Neoklis Silikiotis made the announcement yesterday, in response to an article by Alithia newspaper, which brought the issue to light. Silikiotis said the law, which also bans entry to prostitutes or any person that lives off prostitution, was being revaluated in accordance to European directives. The minister admitted that the law was outdated and contained criteria that could be described as “monstrous”, but he insisted they had never been implemented. He said ministry officials were currently working on the new legislation and that the criteria would be changed and made clearer. (ANSAmed).

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Gallery Attacked Over ‘Insulting’ Artworks

A gallery showing inflammatory images of veiled Muslims, including a bare-breasted woman partially clad in a burqa, is under police surveillance after being attacked earlier this week.

Windows and doors at the SaLon Gallery in west London were smashed after a series of abusive, anonymous phone calls and angry protests about the images from Muslims. The gallery has complained to police.

The solo exhibition of paintings by Sarah Maple includes a veiled woman holding a pig, which is interpreted as a flagrant disregard of the Islamic ban on eating pork. The show — entitled “This Artist Blows” — also includes two self-portraits: one of Maple wearing a headscarf has an image of Kate Moss’s naked breast attached to it; another shows Maple in a T-shirt bearing the slogan “I love jihad”. In another, a veiled Muslim woman wears a badge that says “I love orgasms”.

Last night, Maple, a 23-year-old of Kenyan and British parentage, defended her work, saying she had not meant to cause offence but to explore her Britishness and her Muslim faith. She voiced concern about her safety and said she hoped the exhibition of 39 pictures, which opened this month, would not be taken down before its official closing date of 23 November.

“I do think some people have just reacted to my work without thinking about the concepts behind it,” she said. “I’m a practising Muslim and initially, when I started making the work, it was really personal, about my background with my father being British and my mother who is a Muslim and how I felt growing up. I was exploring the question of fusing those two together and whether it could be done.”


A spokeswoman for SaLon said the gallery in Bayswater, a part of London with a large Muslim population, was receiving about 12 abusive phone calls a day and emails condemning the show. Staff had to call police last week after an angry woman came in to complain. “She was in a full burqa and was irate and upset. Her behaviour was quite threatening,” added the spokeswoman.

While some of Maple’s paintings can be seen through the gallery’s front window, the more controversial works are behind a curtain downstairs.

Mokhtar Badri, the vice-president of the Muslim Association of Britain, said that while he thought the exhibition provocative, he defended freedom of expression and condemned any violence inspired by the display. “I urged the gallery and the artist to respect the community in the area, but if Muslims see the work and dislike it, it is completely wrong to use any violent expression of that,” he added.

Inayat Bunglawala, of the Muslim Council of Britain, agreed: “People may well have strong views on the use of Islamic imagery in Sarah Maple’s exhibition. However, there can be no justification whatsoever for hooliganism of this sort or issuing threats.”

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Imams Head to Morocco for ‘Training’

An estimated 40 Moroccan imams who work at mosques in the Netherlands went back to Rabat for ‘training’ last Friday, the Volkskrant reports on Wednesday.

The paper says the imams made the trip at the cost of the Moroccan government and without consulting mosque officials.

‘This is an undesirable situation,’ a spokesman for the Dutch Moroccan alliance SMN told the paper.

MPs have asked for an explanation about the trip ahead of Thursday afternoon’s debate on alleged spying in the Netherlands by Moroccan nationals.

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Iranian Court Finds Way to Acquit Christians of ‘Apostasy’

Compass Direct News: An Iranian judge has ordered the release of two pastors charged with “apostasy,” or leaving Islam, but the defendants said the ruling was based on the court’s false claim that they confessed to having never converted to Christianity.

Mahmoud Matin Azad, 52, said he and Arash Basirat, 44, never denied their Christian faith and believe the court statement resulted from the judge seeking a face-saving solution to avoid convicting them of apostasy, which soon could automatically carry the death penalty.

Azad and Basirat were arrested May 15 and acquitted on Sept. 25 by Branch 5 of the Fars Criminal Court in Shiraz, 600 kilometers (373 miles) south of Tehran.

A court document obtained by human rights organization Amnesty International stated, “Both had denied that they had converted to Christianity and said that they remain Muslim, and accordingly the court found no further evidence to the contrary.”

Azad vehemently denied the official court statement, saying the notion of him being a Muslim never even came up during the trial.

“The first question that they asked me was, ‘What are you doing?’ I said, ‘I am a pastor pastoring a house church in Iran,” he told Compass. “All my [court] papers are about Christianity — about my activity, about our church and everything.”

Members of Azad’s house church confirmed that the government’s court statement of his rejection of Christianity was false.

“His faith wasn’t a secret — he was a believer for a long, long time,” said a source who preferred to remain anonymous.

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Mortgage Crisis: King Sure That Spain Will be in Washington

(ANSAmed) — MADRID, OCTOBER 28 — King Juan Carlos said that he was “sure” that Spain will take part in a summit in Washington on November 15, where G-20 countries will debate about the international financial and economic crisis. During an official visit to Peru, in official statements to the media, the head of State confirmed that “Spain must be there” because “it is enough to look at economic data”, he observed referring to statistics that ranked the country in the eight in the list of world powers. “Then there are also a series of historical circumstances”, added the monarch, explaining why Spain is not a member of the G-7 or the G-20 which includes emerging countries. Over the past weeks the Spanish government laid out a diplomatic offensive at all levels to assure itself a place in Washington. For José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero in front of the Psoe Executive Committee, he defined Spain’s presence at the world financial summit as “unavoidable”, according to reports from the media, stating also ideological necessities of “bringing in more progressive voices”. “In Spain, Europe, and the world, the exit from the crisis with be given by democracies”, said the socialist premier. Zapatero aimed at British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Brazilian President Luis Ignazio Lula de Silva, as allies with whom to unite forces in a search for a “profound change” to the neo-conservative ideological model, which has entered into crisis. (ANSAmed).

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Sweden: Traffic Agency Bans Reverse Oral Sex

Officials with Sweden’s Road Administration (Vägverket) have denied a driver’s request for a licence place with what at first glance appears to be a completely innocent combination of characters.

Recently, the agency received a request from an individual who wanted a licence plate reading X32IARO.

Despite no obviously offensive reference in the desired combination, Vägverket nonetheless rejected the application.

“It looks like something completely different when seen through a rear-view mirror, and on the road, many end up reading things through the rear-view mirror,” said Vägverket spokesperson Mikael Andersson to the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper.

When read in reverse, as it would be seen through a rear-view mirror, X32IARO suddenly appears as ORALSEX.

Andersson explained that the agency has no specific set of rules for how applications are reviewed and that the hidden meaning of seemingly harmless set of letters and numbers just happened to be uncovered by a Vägverket employee reviewing the application.

“It’s not like we have a checklist for how we check the applications, but it requires a certain degree of creativity to discover inappropriate words,” said Andersson.

The guiding principle is that a licence plate shouldn’t be offensive, regardless of whether it’s read forwards or backwards.

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Sweden: ‘One-Eye’ Defence Fails for Drunken Driver

A Swedish woman stopped by police for driving while intoxicated did her best to get officers to turn a blind eye toward her offence.

Last summer police received a tip about the woman’s erratic driving near Östernärke in central Sweden, reports the Nerikes Allehanda newspaper.

Upon catching up with the woman’s vehicle, which was swerving across all lanes, officers tried in vain with sirens and lights to get the woman to pull over.

After being followed for three kilometres, the woman finally stopped at the side of the road as officers pulled up alongside.

A breath test revealed the woman’s blood alcohol level was nearly ten times Sweden’s legal limit of 0.02 percent.

In pleading her case on the side of the road, the 56-year-old woman argued that her driving wasn’t affected because she’d been careful to keep one eye closed to prevent her from seeing double.

Unfortunately, the court saw right through her defence, and sentenced the woman to two months in prison for aggravated drunken driving.

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Swedish Commander in Line for EU Military Post

European defence chiefs agreed on Wednesday to the appointment of Håkan Syrén, Supreme Commander of Sweden’s Armed Forces, to be the new chair of the European Union Military Committee (EUMC).

The appointment would him the EU’s highest ranking military officer.

The decision won’t be formalized until November 10th when EU foreign and defence ministers take a final on the issue, according to Swedish military spokesperson Roger Magnergård.

Syrén’s approval, which is expected by most observers, will most likely require him to step down from his current duties as Sweden’s Supreme Commander before his term expires in December of next year.

“The new assignment would of course mean that I have to leave my post early. When exactly that might happen still remains unclear,” said Syrén in a statement.

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Mediterranean Union

Carlsberg Finalises Turkish Unit Sale to CBC Group

(ANSAmed) — ANKARA, OCTOBER 24 — Danish brewery group Carlsberg said yesterday it had finalised the sale of its 95.6% stake in the Turkish unit Turk Tuborg Bira ve Malt Sanayii AS (Turk Tuborg) to Israel-based partner Central Bottling Company Group (CBC). The deal was closed in July 2008 and the price amounts to USD 80 million (EUR 62.6m). The divestment is part of the group’s optimisation efforts, Carlsberg president and CEO Jorgen Buhl Rasmussen said upon the signing of the deal on July 23. The Turkish company will now continue production of the Carlsberg and Tuborg beer brands on a licence basis. (ANSAmed).

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Immigration: Libyan Minister to Work With Italy

(ANSAmed) — VALLETTA, OCTOBER 29 — The deal reached between Italy and Libya on illegal immigration measures shows Tripolìs commitment to cooperate with Mediterranean countries bearing the brunt of the problem. This was said by Libyan Foreign Minister Abdurrahman Mohammed Shalghem, who is on an official visit to Malta. Shalghem, who met with Maltese Foreign Minister Tonio Borg, said that Libya is suffering from an “invasion” of immigrants. “We have the same problems that you have in Europe,” said the government representative from Tripoli. (ANSAmed).

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Morocco: EU Commission to Distribute School Kits in Tangiers

(ANSAmed) — BRUSSELS, OCTOBER 28 — The European Commission Delegation in Morocco, together with other partners, is distributing 3,000 school-kits for children living in the district Béni Makada, in Tangiers. This effort is part of the ‘Social Housing in Tangiers’ project, co-financed by the EU with over 70 million dirhams. The kits consist of school bags, exercise books, pencils, pens, caps and T-shirts and will be given to girls and boys aged four and five years. It is an action designed to make the beneficiary families more aware of the importance of schooling for their children, the Delegation says in a press release.(ANSAmed).

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Spain: Educational Trips to Morocco for Castille Students

(ANSAmed) — MADRID, OCTOBER 29 — More than 35,000 students in the Castile-La Mancha schools will be able to participate in 60 educational and cultural trips in Spain and Morocco, in the framework of a regional activity plan provided for this school year by the Education and Science councilman. The programme, reported by the public committee, was realised in collaboration with the Moroccan government and the International Institute of Mediterranean Theatre. Entitled “The arrival of the other”, it will allow students to participate in trips to the Meghrebi country to make an “intercultural and coexistence experience” a possibility between the Castile-La Mancha and Moroccan students. It is, inform sources, an activity plan which complements education, in which last school year over 500 schools in the region participated, aiming to teach young learners the values of coexistence and sharing, as well as historical awareness and geography and environment. (ANSAmed)

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Tunisia: Heineken Beer to be Brewed by Sonobra Company

(ANSAmed) — TUNIS, October 17 — Heineken, Holland’s renowned beer, is now also to be brewed in Tunisia. To this end, Tunisian group Boujbal has constructed a factory in Grombalia, around thirty kilometres from the capital heading towards Hammamet, giving life to the Sonobra company. Production, management promise, will be completely identical to that of the parent company. (ANSAmed)

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Yemen, Netherlands Celebrate Years of Cooperation

For the first time in Yemen, a Vocal Jazz group performed at the Sana’a Culture House, celebrating thirty years of Dutch-Yemen development cooperation. The Yemeni audience was blown away by this new type of music, clapping their hands and stomping their feet along with the predominantly expat audience. Yemeni’s in the crowd were especially amazed by the harmony of the group, who performed without instruments and acted while signing.

A large number of foreign diplomats and high ranking Yemeni officials enjoyed an hour of music performed by the Dutch Biltstars.

Saturday October 25th, Yemen and the Netherlands celebrated with the Biltstars’ performance the 30th anniversary of the signing of the “Agreement on Technical Cooperation” between Yemen and the Netherlands. This Agreement marked the beginning of Dutch-Yemeni development cooperation, which has continued without interruption until today. Over three decades the two countries have implemented a wide range of activities in Yemen in many fields, including education, health, water, governance, human rights, and women’s empowerment.

The Dutch Embassy invited the the Biltstars, a nine-person, mixed top vocal jazz group from the Netherlands to perform. Like in Yemen, singing is a popular method of cultural expression in the Netherlands. Unlike in the Arab world where most singing is either by a sole lead voice, or in ‘unison’ by a group of singers (for example ‘nasheed’ in Yemen), in the Netherlands mixed voice singing is very popular. There are many (both amateur and professional) performers in hundreds of groups all over the country. A-capella (using voices only, without instruments) close-harmony singing is one of the more difficult forms, mastered by the Biltstars in its best form. They perform not only by singing, but also with a subtle choreography. The embassy is proud, with the cooperation of the Yemeni Ministry of Culture, the Biltstars were able to present for a Yemeni audience their best performance in the one-and-half hour show on Saturday 25 October.

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North Africa

Algeria: Benchicou, New Book Seized by Police

(ANSAmed) — ALGIERS, OCTOBER 20 — The new book by Mohamed Benchicou, former director of the Algerian newspaper Le Matin, already detained two years, was seized by Algerian police who raided the printing works where it was being printed. “All of the documents as well as the manuscript of Journal d’un homme libre (Diary of a Free Man)”, Benchicou said during a press conference in Algiers “were seized by police after a raid at the Mauguin printing works in Blida”. “This is authority wanting to launch a message to all creators in order to silence them”. In the new book, Benchicou tells the story of the most recent period in his life, since his release from prison the 14th of June 2006. “It is the second part of ‘Le Geoles d’Alger’ (‘The Prisons of Algiers’). I tell of the last two years of my life as a free man, but it is also critical of the fighting between clans for the third term of President Bouteflika”. Benchicou, author of the 2004 book ‘Bouteflika An Algerian Impostor’, the sale of which is still banned in Algeria, spent two years in prison (2004-2006) officially for “the illegal transfer of capital”. Le Matin closed down after he was sentenced, to reappear a year ago, but only in an online version. ‘Le Geoles d’Alger’ was also removed from the last international salon of Algerian literature. Journal ‘un homme libre, Benchicou assured ‘‘if it doesn’t come out in Algeria, it will be published in France and on Internet”. (ANSAmed).

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Italy ‘Warned’ Libya of US Attack

Gaddafi told of 1986 Tripoli bombing plan the day before

(ANSA) — Rome, October 30 — Italy warned Libya about the United States’ plan to bomb Tripoli a day before the attack in 1986, Libyan Foreign Minister Mohammed Abdel-Rahman Shalgam said at a Rome press conference Thursday.

The warning by then Italian premier Bettino Craxi may have helped save the life of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and most of his family, whose house in Tripoli was hit during the bombings, Shalgam added.

‘‘Premier Craxi sent an Italian friend we had in common to tell me, ‘Watch out, on April 14 or 15 there will be an American raid against Libya,’’ said the minister, who at the time was the Libyan ambassador in Rome.

The then Italian foreign minister, Giulio Andreotti, confirmed Shalgam’s story, adding that the U.S. bombing of Tripoli and Bengasi on April 14 had been ‘‘a totally improper initiative, an international error’’.

U.S. president Ronal Reagan ordered the bombing in retaliation for a terrorist attack attributed to Libyan agents on a Berlin disco, La Belle, which was full of U.S. soldiers.

Three people died and over 200 were injured when a bomb hidden under a table exploded on April 5.

British prime minister Margaret Thatcher was the only European premier who gave permission for U.S. forces to use airbases for the retaliatory attack, which lasted 12 minutes and hit military bases and barracks in the two cities as well as Gaddafi’s residence and some civilian buildings.

Over 20 people were killed in the bombings, including Gaddafi’s 15-month-old adopted daughter, although the rest of the Libyan leader’s family was able to flee moments before.

‘‘It was difficult to know the exact time and place of the attack,’’ Shalgam explained.

The Maltese press has claimed in the past that then premier Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici called to warn Gaddafi when U.S planes were spotted in Maltese airspace.

Libya reacted to the bombings by launching missiles against U.S. coastguard stations on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa ‘‘and certainly not against Italy’’, Shalgam said.

The U.S. bombing was one of a series of events that led up to the 1988 hijacking and bombing of a Pan Am passenger plane over Lockerbie, Scotland, in which 270 people died. Libya assumed responsibility for the Lockerbie incident in 2003.

Shalgam was in Rome for a press conference on a friendship and cooperation accord which aims to resolve issues related to Italy’s colonial occupation of Libya.

Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini repeated an invitation for Gaddafi to visit Italy, where he said he would be welcomed ‘‘as a friend’’.

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Publishing: Tunisia, Weekly Paper Confiscated

(ANSAmed) — TUNIS, OCTOBER 23 — The Arab-language Tunisian weekly ‘Mouatinoun’ (Citizen), out yesterday, has been confiscated. Daily paper ‘Le Temps’ said that the decision was taken based on article 73 of the law on the press for “statements against the law”. The file concerned has been sent to the Public Prosecutor.(ANSAmed)

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TV: Algeria; Minister, Private Broadcasters Not Expected

(ANSAmed) — ALGIERS, OCTOBER 28 — The opening up of the Algerian television sector to private broadcasters still seems to be a long way off. According to the Algerian communications minister, Abderrachid Boukerzaza, “the moment for the opening-up of the audiovisual sector to private operators has still not arrived”. “If private companies entered the sector there would be problems with planning and financing”, said Boukerzaza on national radio, clarifying that currently “just 10% of the programs broadcast by the State are produced privately: still too little” to think about private television. Currently there is only the State-run ENTV, which in the next few months, said Boukerzaza, will launch five new thematic channels dedicated to culture, the Koran and information. (ANSAmed).

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Israel and the Palestinians

Jerusalem Museum Sparks Muslims’ Outrage

Muslim authorities expressed outrage on Thursday after the Israeli High Court gave the go-ahead for the construction of a Museum of Tolerance on the site of a Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem.

The Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Mohammed Hussein, called the court ruling a “grave decision” which “harms the Muslim holy sites.”

He said it was difficult to believe the project’s promoters would want to build a Museum of Tolerance “whose construction constitutes an act of aggression.”

The High Court on Wednesday rejected appeals by two Muslim organizations which complained that the museum would be built over part of an ancient Muslim cemetery.

“We will mobilize in the Arab and Muslim world so that it puts pressure to halt the project,” said Sheikh Raed Salah who heads Israel’s Islamic Movement.

Arab-Israeli MP Mohammed Barakeh called the decision an Israeli attempt to “wipe out the Arab and Muslim character of Jerusalem”.

The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Centre is the main promoter of the museum, designed by renowned U.S. architect Frank Gehry.

“Moderation and tolerance have prevailed, said Rabbin Marvin Hier, the dean of the centre, following the court’s decision.

“All citizens of Israel, Jews and non-Jews, are the real beneficiaries of this decision,” he said.

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Knesset’s Right-Wing Factions Merge to Form New Party

Factions comprising National Union-National Religious Party agree on merge, declare birth of new right-wing party intended to appeal to broad voter demographic, including seculars, that will serve as ‘political home’ for entire right-wing movement. No leader has emerged yet, and no one knows how said leader will be elected

Members of the factions comprising the National Union- National Religious Party met on Wednesday evening and agreed to unite their ranks, merging to form a new right-wing party.

The new party is intended to appeal to a broader range of voters, moving outside the factions’ comfort zone to include secular citizens as well.

“We’ll put the emphasis on Judaism, Zionism and a Jewish identity,” said officials within the fledgling political entity, which will be given a new name.

At present time, however, it remains unclear who will head the new party. Even the method of his or her election remains vague. At Wednesday’s meeting the factions voted to dissolve their previous individual codes and agree on a new list of guidelines for the unnamed party.

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Mideast: Hamas Announces Liberation of PLO Prisoners

(ANSAmed) — GAZA, OCTOBER 30 — The Hamas premier announced that the Islamic party which holds power in the Gaza Strip will free political prisoners belonging to PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization) and Islamic rival organisation Jihad. Ismail Haniyah explained the decision, which should be enacted in the next few hours, as a gesture of good will in view of the meeting between all of the Palestinian components expected in Cairo on November 9. Speaking to a meeting of the Gaza police body, the head of the Islamic government said that the decision for his government is going in the direction hoped for by the other sides to liberate political prisoners. Hamas spokesperson, Taher Al-Nunu, specified that the number of political prisoners in the Gaza Strip amounts to “about 20 people”. Independent Palestinian journalist sources told ANSA that the number of prisoners “is a few hundred”. On November 9, in Cairo, the start of a national reconciliation conference between all 15 Palestinian groups in the West Bank and Gaza is expected: the 13 ‘lay’ groups that are part of the PLO, the most important of which is Al-Fatah, and the two Islamic movements, Hamas and rival Jihad The result of the reconciliation, who Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is putting on as much diplomatic pressure as possible, is to reach a Palestinian government of national unity, which can act as a direct or indirect interlocutor with Israel, in a hopeful resuming of the peace process. (ANSAmed).

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Olmert Apologizes to Mubarak for Official’s Taunt

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert apologized to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Wednesday after rightwing MP Avigdor Lieberman said on Wednesday that if Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak does not wish to visit Israel he can “get lost”.

The fiery ultra-nationalist Lieberman, a former strategic affairs minister, was speaking in parliament where he heads the Yisrael Beitenu party which has 11 of the 120 seats.

Avigdor Lieberman, who quit Olmert’s governing coalition in January in protest at peace efforts with the Palestinians, blasted Israeli leaders for regularly flying out to Egypt to meet Mubarak without insisting on “reciprocity”.

“If he wants to speak to us, let him come here. If he doesn’t want to come here, he can get lost,” Lieberman said in a speech to parliament.

In apologizing, Israel is apparently aware that Lieberman’s comments may cause offence in Egypt even though he is no longer in the government.

Mubarak attended the 1995 funeral of assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin but has not come to Israel since. Ties between Israel and Egypt, which signed a landmark peace accord in 1978, were strained by the breakdown of talks on the Palestinian track which led to an eruption of violence in 2000.

Olmert’s office said that he had spoken with Mubarak by telephone and apologized for Lieberman’s “crude statements”.

“The prime minister stressed that Israel views Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak as a strategic partner and a close friend,” Olmert’s office said in a statement.

Israeli President Shimon Peres, who met Mubarak at an Egyptian resort on the Red Sea last week, deplored Lieberman’s “impolite remark”.

“I just talked to him (Mubarak) on the phone, and I am so glad that he is trying to see what are the chances of furthering the causes of peace in all of our region,” Peres said in a statement.

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Middle East

Bush to Attend Interfaith Conference

WASHINGTON — US President George W. Bush has accepted Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah’s personal invitation to attend a Nov. 13 UN interfaith conference, the White House said Wednesday.

Bush “appreciates King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia’s initiative in calling for this dialogue and remains committed to fostering interfaith harmony among all religions, both at home and abroad,” said spokeswoman Dana Perino.

The New York meeting, which aims to promote dialogue among the world’s monotheistic religions, will be a follow-up to an interfaith conference held in Madrid in July which was spurred by an initiative by King Abdullah.

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Energy: Turkey, Iran May Sign Investment Deal in November

(ANSAmed) — ANKARA, OCTOBER 23 — Turkey and Iran have resolved problems on planned investment in the South Pars gas field and they may sign a production accord in November, media reports said today. Turkey is opposed to an Iranian plan to build a new pipeline to transport natural gas to Europe and urged for the planned Nabucco project pipeline to be used instead, the Hurriyet daily website reported. In a separate report, TV station NTV said Turkish Energy Minister Hilmi Guler will visit Iran next month and sign the deal after both parties agreed on the investment model and plan of three natural gas fields in the country’s South Pars region. Turkey and Iran had earlier failed to conclude expected energy accords during the visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Turkey in August. The United States, which is seeking to isolate Tehran over it nuclear program, opposes the plan. Guler had earlier denied that the natural gas deal with Iran would be suspended and he said he would visit Tehran to sign when the next deal was ready. Under the deal, Turkey’s state-owned petroleum company TPAO will explore in Iran’s South Pars field and gas will be piped to Turkey for consumption or re-export to European markets. (ANSAmed).

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How the Mutawas (Morality Police) Keep the Saudi Society Clean From Vice

by Sami Alrabaa

Four months ago Salaman Al Huraisi, a 28-year old hotel security guard was tortured to death in the headquarters of the Saudi Commission for the Protection of Virtue and Suppression of Vice. Its 10.000 men are known as the “Mutawas” (pious men). Maher Al Hamizi, the lawyer of the Huraisi family said, an autopsy has shown that Salman’s skull was split open and his eyes were dislodged from their sockets. After midnight of a humid hot day, a GMC loaded with Mutawas stormed into Al Huraisi’s house in a poor area of Riyadh. While shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) they broke down the house’s doors and tore personal belongings looking for alcohol. His alleged crime: he drank beer.

Human Rights Watch reported, Sina, 25-years old Mongolian girl, who was shopping in a glitzy Riyadh mall was spotted by two Mutawas. They canned her and shoved her into their GMC because she did not cover her face. They denounced her as Filipina Gahba (Filipina whore), drove her to their office where they raped her and sent her to prison.

Muhammed Sadeeq, a Bangladeshi, told Spiegel On-Line, his brother Ahmed died after being hauled into a local Commission headquarters for being in a car with a woman who was not his close relative. The Mutawas did not believe that Ahmed was employed as the family’s driver. Ahmed was a diabetic. The Mutawas refused to allow him get his medication…

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Iran-Turkey Gas Pipeline Delay to Hurt Turkish Economy

(ANSAmed) — ANKARA, OCTOBER 28 — Turkey could face a serious gas shortage at the beginning of next year if the planned pipeline to carry Iranian natural gas to Turkey is not completed on time, the statés Petroleum Pipeline Corporation warned the government, as reported by Turkish Daily News. Heavily dependent on foreign energy supplies in previous years Turkey has faced shortage risks posed mainly by Iran’s decision to cut the flow of natural gas to Turkey. In order to avoid this, Turkish and Iranian officials agreed to build an additional pipeline to secure the flow. Any halt to the flow of gas is also a matter of concern for the production of electricity since more than 50% of the country’s electricity is produced by natural gas. Gas flow problems derive from the limited capacity of the existing pipeline where gas loses compression while passing through Iranian cities on the Tabriz-Urumiyah line. As a result the amount of gas Turkey received from Iran fell to 4-5 million cubic meters per day from an expected level of 18-29 million cubic meters forcing Turkey to compensate the loss by raising gas imports from Russia. (ANSAmed).

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Light Dawns on Girls’ Education

RIYADH — King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, on Wednesday launched a SR20 billion girls’ university project in Riyadh, the first exclusive state university for women in the Kingdom.

The King named the university after Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman, the sister of King Abdul Aziz, founder of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

‘Nourah’ in Arabic means ‘light.’

The university will offer courses in subjects like medicine, pharmacy, management, computer sciences and languages. With a planned built up area of three million sq.m., the university will be among the world’s largest for women.

“Higher education for girls in the Kingdom has achieved a dimension never reached before,” said Minister of Finance Ibrahim Al-Assaf during the foundation-stone laying ceremony at the site outside Riyadh.

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Mortgage Crisis: Gulf Markets Down, Riad and Dubai OK

(ANSAmed) — DUBAI, OCTOBER 28 — With the exceptions of Saudi Arabia and Dubai, the Gulf stock markets have not managed to avoid a fourth consecutive day of losses despite the interventions announced and put into action in the last few days. In Riad, trading concluded with a solid performance of +5.31%, an encouraging response to yesterday’s declarations by the central governor who assured that Saudi banks were served by the good liquidity in the system. Yesterday, the index of the Dubai market was 4.17% into the red. There was a tepid day of gains for the Dubai Financial Market which closed at +0.32% (2,932.06 points) with a good performance from real estate shares. The other United Arab Emirates market, the Abu Dhabi Stock Exchage had a bad day however, closing out the session at -1.45% to 3,273.45 points with heavy losses in the construction and energy sectors. The Kuwait Securities Exchange was down 205 points despite the announcement yesterday that the government would support the Gulf Bank and guarantee deposits. The Qatar markets was down too, to 6,435.55 points compared to 6,792.40 registered yesterday and so was the Bahrain market: 2,119.05 points compared to 2,142.96 points yesterday. (ANSAmed).

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Muslim Wives Can Use Karate Against Violent Husbands

Fatwa asserts a woman’s right to self-defence. Issued in Turkey it has been approved by Egyptian religious scholars as well as a prominent Saudi religious figure. It has however raised concerns among conservatives that it might “stir up rebellion” within families.

Riyadh (AsiaNews) — Women can use karate, judo and taekwondo in self-defence against violent husbands, this according to a fatwa that conservatives fear might “stir up rebellion” within families.

Originally issued in Turkey the fatwa was backed by Islamic scholars in Egypt and now has the seal of approval of Sheikh Mohsen al Obeikan, an adviser to the Saudi Ministry of Justice and a member of the Saudi Shura Council.

Contacted by Asharq Al-Awsat, Al Obeikan explained however that women can only hit their husbands in self-defence.

In his opinion the principle of self-defence is rooted in the Sharia, the Qur’an and the Hadith. The Qur’an in fact says that the “recompense for an injury is an injury equal thereto (in degree)” and “. . . whoever then acts aggressively against you, inflict injury on him according to the injury he has inflicted on you”.

The original fatwa was issued by a well-known Turkish religious scholar, Fethullah Gulen, who ruled that it is within a woman’s right to defend herself by countering violence with violence, and that women should learn martial arts to protect themselves against their husbands.

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Saudi Families Reject Unstable Members

A senior official at the Saudi Ministry of Health said psychological patients in the kingdom are facing many challenges, on top of which are lack of services and rejection by families, according to a press report on Wednesday.

Head of the psychological and social division at the Ministry Dr. Abdul-Hamid al-Habib said 33% of psychological patients are facing rejection from their families, the London-based al-Hayat reported.

On the other hand, a Saudi study stated that 30% of Gulf patients suffer from depression due to marital problems and that married couples that frequent psychiatric clinics are always diagnosed with psychosomatic disorders (physical ailments triggered by psychological diseases).

According to the study, 80% of psychological disorders afflicting children are triggered by marital problems at home or separation from the parents, which makes them subject to delinquency, Kuwaiti daily al-Qabas reported.

A study published in Farha magazine stated that divorce rate reached 21% and that 33% of married couples get divorced. Divorce rate rose by 20%, and 65% of traditional marriages do not last long.

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Turkey in Talks With Japan on Iraq Oil Exploration Projects

(ANSAmed) — ANKARA, OCTOBER 20 — Turkey’s state-run energy company Turkish Petroleum undergoes talks with major Japanese companies, including Nippon Oil and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, to jointly develop oil deposits in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, the company’s Chairman Mehmet Uysal said. “There is a good possibility of discovering oil fields in northern Iraq,” Uysal, said in an interview with Kyodo News. He added that this is a chance for Japan to gain a foothold in the oil-rich area of North Iraq. “We hope to cooperate with Japan in the exploration as well as the development (of the oil fields),” he added. Turkey has secured oil exploration licenses in Iraq after long discussions between the two countries’ energy ministries. (ANSAmed).

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US Commander in Iraq Pledges to Help Ankara to Fight PKK

(ANSAmed) — ANKARA, OCTOBER 27 — The top US commander in Iraq has held talks in Turkey on cooperation in the fight against Kurdish rebels, military sources revealed. Gen. Ray Odierno met with the deputy chief of the Turkish general staff, Gen. Hasan Igsiz, to discuss Us-Turkey military coordination. The meeting centered on the US military’s ongoing assistance to Turkey in its effort to defeat the Kurdish rebel group known as the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, and Odierno pledged US support in technical assistance and information sharing. “General Odierno fully committed to work with both the Turkish and Iraqi governments in the common fight against terrorism”, the military said in a statement. (ANSAmed).

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Coexistence Important, Says Forum

JEDDAH — Coexistence of different peoples and cultures is vital for peace to prevail in the world, the fourth session of the Forum of Strategic Vision Group, Russia and the Islamic World, has said.

A communiqué issued at the end of the forum here on Wednesday said coexistence was essential in eliminating violence, fanaticism and terrorism and spreading the culture of leniency and mutual cooperation according to common values that are endorsed by religions, cultures and different civilizations and promoting common humanitarian values within societies.

The communiqué welcomed the interfaith dialogue meeting at the United Nations in New York in November that will discuss King Abdullah’s initiative to promote interfaith dialogue

Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowment, and Guidance, Sheikh Saleh Aal Al-Sheikh, moderating the forum said King Abdullah’s historic visit to meet Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican last November reflected the King’s far-sighted vision for a peaceful world and a more constructive international partnership.

Most conflicts stem from complete ignorance of the other, so human beings need to communicate to peacefully co-exist, he said.

Dialogue with the other is an Islamic essence and it does not mean giving concessions, said Sheikh Saleh Bin Humaid, Chairman of the Shoura Council. “It is all about getting to know the other to clear any misunderstanding,” he said.

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Russia-Libya: Gaddafi in Moscow, Old Ties Resurface

(by Beatrice Ottaviano) (ANSAmed) — MOSCOW, 29 OCTOBER — Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi is expected in Moscow on October 31 for a three-day official visit, the first in 23 years. Kremlin sources state that his agenda includes meetings with president Dmitri Medvedev, premier Vladimir Putin, and other leading Russian political and economic figures. The focal point of this return trip hinges on Tripoli’s interest in the purchase of Russian armaments, a possible coordination of energy policies (Russia is setting up a sort of cartel for methane which already includes Iran and Qatar), an exchange of views on major international topics (including the Middle East and the economic crisis), and adding impulse to bilateral cooperation. Muammar Gaddafi’s trip, a rare one for the Libyan colonel, follows Vladimir Putin’s visit to Tripoli last April. That mission, a first for post-Soviet Russia, opened the doors to new trade, also thanks to Moscow’s erasure of Libya’s old debt towards the USSR (4.5 billion dollars). An act of generosity that has a price: in exchange, Russia requested that Libya place orders with its companies. Putin and Gaddafi had reached an agreement for the construction, entrusted to Russian companies, of a 500 km road between the cities of Benghazi and Sirte, a project worth 2.2 billion euro. According to financial paper ‘Vedomosti’, this time around the Libyan leader wants to invest in the purchase of 30 Sukhoi military aircraft, T90 tanks, a diesel submarine and S-300 Pmu2 anti aircraft artillery, in addition to Tor-M1, Buk and Grad missile systems. Turning to energy, Russia’s Gazprom and its Libyan counterpart signed a memo of cooperation for the exploration and exploitation of deposits located in Libya and other African countries. A recent stopover by Russian military vessels in the port of Tripoli is viewed as an indicator of improving bilateral relations. In his path towards the West, Gaddafi has in recent years refrained from his old anti-American slogans: but according to Russian observers he may define with Moscow a common position over the US attack against an alleged terrorist hideout in Syrian territory. The Russian opening to Tripoli (also accompanied by a general reactivation of old Soviet ties with African countries, especially for the export of armaments) falls in line with the concerted diplomatic offensive that Moscow is orchestrating worldwide since August’s conflict with worsened already unstable relations with Washington. Russia is reaching out in all directions for allies to counter US global economic, political and military weight and is promoting its candidature as a trustworthy international mediator, from the Middle East and Iran to North Korea and beyond. (ANSAmed).

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Siberian Oil for China

The two sides sign an agreement to build a pipeline from Siberia to China. Prime ministers Wen and Putin praise Sino-Russian co-operation and deals and plan to work together to reform the world’s financial system to play a “greater role.”

Moscow (AsiaNews/Agencies) — Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao agreed to build an oil pipeline from the Siberian town of Skovorodino to the Chinese border, 70 kilometres away, where it will link up with the Chinese pipeline network to reach the oil hub of Daqing, Heilongjiang. Both leaders also saw eye to eye on playing a greater role in the world.

Yesterday press reports said the deal was in the bag but Putin’ spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the issue was “still being worked on”.

Russia’s Rosneft and Transneft and the China National Petroleum Corporation have until 25 November to sign the final long-term oil supply deal.

The pipeline will have a capacity of 15 million tonnes of oil per year (or about 4 per cent of China’s consumption) and will be a branch of the main East Siberia-Pacific Ocean trunk pipeline, still under construction, which should supply the whole of Asia with Russian oil.

Beijing will provide the Russian companies with billions of dollars to build the pipelines, to be repaid in oil.

Beijing has thus overtaken Japan’s fierce competition. Tokyo sought to get Moscow to build its pipeline to the Pacific Ocean and the Japanese islands.

Wen, who is in Moscow for the Russia-China economic Forum, said the two countries should “deepen co-operation in the energy sphere.”

“Russia and China are growing economies with major influence in the world,” Mr Wen said, adding that they should also step up co-operation in the financial sector to fight the global crisis and join forces to reform the global financial system.

“We need a new system whereby developing nations will have a stronger say. We need to diversify the global currency system, to support its stability through the use of different currencies,” he also said.

Putin agreed. “It’s hard to find another country in the world that is our partner with such a wide range of interaction,” Putin said after the talks.

The Russian prime minister also lambasted the United States for its irresponsible behaviour in failing to prevent the global crisis.

Faced with the world crisis, China’s foreign reserves stand at US$ 1.9 trillion whilst Russia’s are US$ 500 billion, largely from energy sales.

But Russia is still only the 5th largest exporter of crude oil to energy-hungry China.

“We need to build oil and gas pipelines, increase downstream and upstream co-operation, and increase co-operation in the nuclear sphere,” Zhang Guobao, head of China’s State Energy Bureau, said.

The two countries have also signed a number of agreements, including the sale of Russian civilian heavy helicopters and the development a new model of heavy helicopter that brings together Russian technology and Chinese capital.

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South Asia

Afghanistan: Deadly Bomb Blast Targets Ministry in Kabul

Kabul, 30 Oct. (AKI) — At least three people were killed and many others wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up inside the Information Ministry in the centre of the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Thursday. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a telephone call to the BBC.

“Two of our men opened fire against a guard post in front of the building to clear the way for a third to blow himself up inside,” Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid is reported to have told the BBC.

After the attack, police are believed to have stopped a fourth terrorist just before he set off his explosives.

Ali Shah Amadzai, deputy police chief for Kabul, said a woman was among the three people killed.

The blast damaged part of the first floor of the ministry, which is several hundred metres away from the presidential palace in central Kabul and ministry officials were immediately evacuated.

Many of the six-storey building’s windows were shattered by the force of the blast and some windows in neighbouring buildings were also shattered.

Thursday’s bomb attack is the latest episode in escalating violence in Afghanistan this year which has marked the bloodiest period since the Taliban was removed from power in 2001.

Analysts believe the Taliban was seeking to further undermine the government of President Hamid Karzai close to the seventh anniversary of the toppling of the Taliban regime.

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Ban Muslims From Yoga: Malaysian Cleric

Muslims in Malaysia may be barred from the ancient practice of yoga if they engage in Hindu “religious elements” during the exercise, a top Islamic cleric said Wednesday.

Harussani Zakaria, a controversial cleric from the northern Perak state, said the government-backed National Fatwa Council would soon release a decree, or “fatwa”, which would decide if Muslims were allowed to practice yoga.

“If it involves any faith or religious elements it is definitely not permissible but if it is just a form of exercise that is all right,” Harussani told AFP.

“Muslims cannot practice yoga in its original form because it involves another religion,” he said in response to a call to ban Muslims from engaging in yoga.


The practice of yoga, a popular stress-buster in Kuala Lumpur, dates back thousands of years in India, where it was a favorite of holy men before becoming hugely popular internationally, especially among western celebrities.

Zakaria Stapa, a professor in the Islamic faculty of the National University of Malaysia, had called on Muslims to stop practicing yoga, saying it could cause them to “deviate from their faith”, news reports said on Wednesday.

Muslims in Malaysia practiced yoga not just for exercise but also as part of the growing urban lifestyle and involved “chanting mantras while in various positions”, he said.

“Why should we look for other alternatives to exercise and search for peace? Yoga could cause (Muslims) to stray from their faith because its movements are according to the style and traditions of Hinduism,” he said.

The fatwa council, one of Malaysia’s highest Islamic bodies, last Friday banned women from dressing or behaving like men and engaging in lesbian sex, saying it was forbidden by the religion.

Islam is the official religion of Malaysia, where more than 60 percent of the population of 27 million are Muslim Malays who practice a conservative brand of the religion.

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In Jakarta Christian Priests and Activists First Target of Islamic Terrorists by Mathias Hariyadi

Police spokesman reports that following the arrest of dangerous terrorists it is becoming evident that some groups are shifting strategy, focusing primarily on domestic targets, like Christians, in order, among other things, to prevent inter-faith dialogue.

Jakarta (AsiaNews) — Islamic terrorists are moving to a new strategy, opting for attacks against Christian clergymen and activists, targeting vital installations across the country instead of US interests, this according Police spokesman Inspector General Abubakar Nataprawira. Equally the threat of attacks linked to the November execution of three men sentenced for the October 2002 Bali bombings (pictured) remains high.

Inspector General Nataprawira spoke at a press conference, unveiling the results from investigations sparked by the arrest on 21 October in Kelapa Ganding (North Jakarta) of members of a new terror group called Tauhid Wal Jihad.

“They were planning attacks against Christian priests and peace activities involved in peace actions and interfaith activities against terrorism,” the inspector said.

North Jakarta’s main fuel depot in Plumpang owned by Pertamina was also the group’s target list. Also the group was planning to bring weapons into the country and launch a six-month mass drive to recruit new members.

Wahyu, who has been involved in various terrorist attacks in Poso and Ambon (during the 2005-2006 sectarian clashes) and against the police, is among those arrested. He had been on the run since 2005.

Meanwhile some people are wondering whether the brutal assault against Fr Benny Susetyo was part of this strategy.

The clergyman, who is the secretary of Interfaith Dialogue Commission of the Indonesian Bishops of Conference, was savagely beaten by unknown assailants on 11 August in South Jakarta.

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India: Scores Dead in Nine Explosions

NEW DELHI, India (CNN) — A series of nine near-simultaneous explosions ripped through crowded areas in four districts of a northeastern Indian state Thursday.

At least 54 people were killed, while another 224 were wounded in the blasts, in the remote state of Assam, police told CNN.

Officials said the death toll may rise. They sealed off exit points from the state, and rushed in paramilitary forces to secure refineries in the oil-rich region.

Police officers fanned out to heavily populated areas, combing them for unexploded bombs.

“There may be more blasts, you never know. But we are taking all precautions,” Deputy Inspector General of Police N.I. Hussain told CNN’s sister network, CNN-IBN. Are you there? Share your photos, videos

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks. But suspicion fell on the separatist group, the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA).

The group has waged a 20-year rebellion demanding more autonomy from the central government. Intelligence sources told CNN-IBN that very few other groups have the ability to launch such a coordinated attack.

Three other blasts in the state this year were blamed on ULFA. In addition, the group is blamed for the deaths of 42 migrant workers in a series of small arms attacks in January 2007, for bombing an Indian paramilitary forces bus in 2004, and for attacking a pipeline that supplied oil to three of Assam’s major refineries.

At the same time, the state has seen clashes between local tribal people, known as the Bodo, and immigrants from Bangladesh, with which Assam shares a porous border. Fighting between the two groups killed at least 47 this month.

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India: Deadly Bomb Blasts Cause Chaos

Guwahati, Oct. 30 (AKI) — At least 48 people were killed and more than 100 others were injured as at least 12 bomb blasts struck the northeastern Indian state of Assam on Thursday.

According to police, four bombs exploded in Guwahati, the state capital, in a synchronised attack while eight others struck areas elsewhere in Assam, including towns such as Barpeta, Kokrajhar and Bonghi.

Media reports said that the bombs exploded in the crowded markets of the city of Guwahati, causing widespread damage and clouds of smoke could be seen billowing across the city.

Security forces have been fighting separatist rebels in Assam for decades.

No one has claimed responsibility for the blasts, but police suspect the separatist United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA).

The Indian government banned the organisation in 1990 and classifies it as a terrorist group.

India has been the target of several deadly bomb attacks this year. In September, Delhi was struck by six serial blasts that killed 15 people and injuring more than 50.

In May this year, eight serial blasts rocked Jaipur in a span of 12 minutes leaving 65 people dead and over 150 injured.

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Indonesia: Controversial Anti-Porn Bill Passed in Jakarta

Jakarta, 30 Oct. (AKI/ The Jakarta Post) — There were cries of joy and shouts of ‘Praise God’ in the Indonesian Parliament when it approved a controversial anti-pornography bill on Thursday.

The bill was passed despite opposition from minority groups who consider it a threat to the country’s religious, cultural and artistic freedom.

Compared to those who supported the bill, those who opposed it only occupied two rows on the balcony towards the end of the meeting.

“God willing, Indonesians will eventually undergo a moral revival — the basis of a country, and later economic revival,” said anti-porn law activist Lasmiantini of Salima, or Muslim sisterhood.

“We are very happy with the result of our struggle to protect children, and also to protect women,” said Lasmiantini, one of several groups who supported the pornography bill.

“If our husbands are exposed to pornography then our families will be destroyed. Now our children are safe.”

Exposure to pornography contributed to instances of rape and murder and the country was no longer safe for women and children, she said.

The activists cited revisions to the bill which they said would guarantee that only pornography in the public sphere was regulated.

Meanwhile, Save Indonesian Children (ASA Indonesia) chairwoman Wuryaningsih and a Salima leader said, “We should work together to watch out for any excesses.”

“The law may not be perfect but it is a start … We must protect our families,” she said. “We really hope that the (pornography) industry can be regulated.”

Responding to fears among women that they would become unwitting victims of the law, Wuryaningsih said the issue of women was only “political” as if Islamic parties were not behind the law.

“This has nothing to do with the Islamic parties,” Wuryaningsih said.

On Wednesday, hundreds of supporters gathered in Jakarta calling for the government to pass the bill saying it was the only way to reverse signs of what they call ‘social-decay’.

Ninety percent of Indonesia’s 230 million inhabitants are Muslim and the vast majority practice a moderate form of the faith.

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Western Boycott Fails as Uzbek Children Still Forced to Pick Cotton

Like every year from mid-September to November Uzbekistan shuts down its schools and forces students to pick cotton at very low wages. But whilst Western companies are boycotting Uzbek cotton, South Asian and East Asian companies continue to buy it, turning hefty profits.

Tashkent (AsiaNews/Agencies) — Many US and European store chains are boycotting Uzbek cotton in protest against the use of forced child labour in cotton harvesting. Undaunted Uzbek authorities have not changed such practice but sought instead other markets.

A report by the International Labour Rights Forum and Human Rights Defenders of Uzbekistan slammed Uzbek authorities for drafting tens of thousands of closely supervised, poorly fed and underpaid school students, some as young as 12 years old, to help in cotton harvesting.

It noted that the practice continues despite the fact that in March and April of this year the Uzbek parliament ratified two International Labour Organization agreements, namely the Convention on Minimal Age of Employment and the Convention on Prohibition and Immediate Action for Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour. Indeed Uzbek officials in May drafted tens of thousands of school-age students to help prepare fields during the cotton planting season.

Cotton is one of Uzbekistan’s main exports and an important source of foreign currency, but adults tend to prefer more lucrative and less demanding seasonal work in Russia, Kazakhstan, and other countries.

By contrast, children picking cotton suffer “heatstroke, burns and a variety of infectious diseases from poor working conditions,” the report said. For many school hours are “truncated. And for some periods schools” are “closed altogether to spur children into the fields.”

Parents who try to keep their children in school and out of the fields are instead subjected to official pressure and public humiliation, told that if they do not co-operate their children will be thrown out of school.

Children end up working 10 to 11 hours a day, from 6 am till dusk, seven days a week for less than 3 US cents per kilo, much less than what an adult would make.

Photographic evidence of what the report says has been posted on the website. There one can see children carrying baskets full of cotton on their shoulders.

Now several store chains in Europe as well as those “representing 90 per cent of the US purchases of cotton and cotton-based merchandise” have announced their intention to boycott Uzbek cotton, said Rajan Kamalanathan, Wal-Mart’s vice president of ethical standards. In addition to Wal-Mart, the list of stores includes Tesco, Mark & Spencer, Target, The Gap, Debhenams, Henne and Mauritz.

However, at the 4th Annual Cotton Fair, held in Tashkent on 14-15 October, Uzbek officials signed deals worth approximately US$1 billion to export 950,000 tonnes of cotton fibre. The chief purchasers were China, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates, which will be able to use Uzbek cotton and sell it as part of their own products.

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Far East

Europe Asks Hanoi to End “Systematic Violation” of Human Rights

A resolution of the European parliament also makes specific reference to religious freedom, and to the actions of the authorities against “Catholic parishioners,” Buddhist monks, and highlanders

Strasbourg (AsiaNews) — The European parliament is asking that, before the conclusion of the new EU-Vietnam partnership and cooperation agreement, Hanoi put an end to the systematic violation of democracy and human rights. The resolution was approved yesterday by a wide majority — 479 votes in favor, 21 opposed, and 4 abstentions — and calls upon the Commission and Council to ask Vietnam to “stop the current systematic violation of democracy and human rights.”

The European parliament asks for the liberation of political and religious dissidents, guarantees of freedom of expression, the press, and worship, the restitution of confiscated ecclesiastical property, and, finally, that UN representatives be permitted to meet with political and religious prisoners, including the highlanders. A statement released from Strasbourg specifies that the country must “repeal provisions in Vietnamese law that criminalise dissent and certain religious activities on the basis of imprecisely defined ‘national security’ crimes, and end the Vietnamese government’s censorship and control over the domestic media.”

The parliament further suggests asking the Vietnamese government “to release all people imprisoned or detained for the peaceful expression of political or religious beliefs,” including more than 300 Christian highlanders, in addition to Khmer Krom Buddhist monks, human rights activists, authors of petitions on land ownership rights, cyber dissidents, labor representatives, Catholic parishioners, and followers of the Hoa Hoa Buddhist Church and of the Cao Dai religion.

Hanoi is also expected to overturn immediately and completely the house arrests of Thich Quang Do, the supreme patriarch of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam, and of Khmer Krom monk Tim Sakhorn, and to permit independent religious organizations to carry out their activities freely and without government interference, in addition to giving back confiscated ecclesiastical properties and pagodas and restoring the legal status of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam.

The parliament finally asks the Vietnamese government to cooperate actively with UN agencies on human rights, inviting the special relator on religious tolerance and the working group on arbitrary detention to go to Vietnam and guaranteeing officials and special relators of the United Nations unlimited access to all areas of the country. This also includes the central and northern high plains, where they are expected to be allowed to have private talks with political and religious prisoners and detainees, in addition to the highlanders who have returned from Cambodia to Vietnam and are asking for asylum.

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Sub-Saharan Africa

Somalia (Puntland): First Arrest After Bosaso Attacks

At least one person was arrested in Bosaso, in Puntland, in connection with yesterday’s two simultaneous suicide bomb-attacks. No developments have instead emerged in regard to the three attacks that, at the same time and analogous modality, struck Hargeisa in nearby Somaliland. The latest toll of the attacks in the two semi-autonomous regions of northern Somalia is of 30 dead, including the five attackers. The man arrested in Bosaso, a cleric, was wounded by police when he was taken away to the city prison on suspicion of being informed of the plans of the attackers. Local sources referred that army patrols presided Bosaso all night. Puntland President Mohamoud Musa Hirsi Adde confirmed that six intelligence officers were killed in the attacks. From Nairobi, at a special summit of the IGAD (Inter-Governmental Authority on Development), the Heads of State of seven East African nations deplored the attacks, calling on the TFG (Somali transitional federal government) to form a new cabinet within 15 days to favour the implementation of the Djibouti peace accord by the Somali authority and armed opposition.

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Immigration: Do Not Ask Libya to be Europe’s Policeman

(ANSAmed) — ROME, OCTOBER 30 — Italy and Libya will work together to fight illegal immigration but “we cannot ask Libya to be Europe’s policeman”. This was emphasized by Foreign minister Franco Frattini in a meeting at the Foreign ministry on the treaty of friendship and cooperation between Italy and Libya which was signed on August 31 in Bengasi which also provides for cooperation between Rome and Tripoli in this area. Frattini in fact urged everyone to “understand” Libya’s arguments, mentioning that Colonel Muhammar Gaddafi has repeated to Italian negotiators a number of times that Libya “must first of all save the lives of its African brothers”. Therefore, said Frattini, “we must understand Libya’s role in the context of Africa”. However, the Foreign minister assured that, “we will work together to prevent, patrol and protect the southern borders of Libya”. (ANSAmed).

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‘Super-Immigrants’ and Denmark’s Welfare State

By Annie Magnus

“The Achilles’ heel of the welfare state” read a recent headline in a Danish newspaper, alluding to the economic toll immigration is taking on the country.

“…Unrestricted immigration is a death threat against our welfare,” echoed Pia Kjærsgaard, leader of the right wing party Dansk Folkeparti (Danish People’s Party), defending her fight for a selective approach to immigration.

The comments come at a time when Denmark has had to accept new rulings by the EU that ease its own relatively strict immigration policies. The conclusion that non-EU citizens no longer need to be legal residents in an EU country to be allowed family reunification in another EU country is against Denmark’s own law. But as Denmark has to follow common policy laws on immigration regardless of national laws, the government has had little choice but to concede to the ruling.

Pia Kjærsgaard calls the EU a “monster” while other angry voices in Parliament, although not as allegorical, have joined in on an intense debate about how best to cover up the loopholes now present in the country’s immigration law.

Why are politicians so skeptical of letting anyone outside of the EU become a Danish citizen?

Calculations by the Danish National Bank may give an answer. Their predictions indicate that the government would have to save nearly $1.6 billion (or raise taxes equivalently) in order to balance the costs of immigrants from under-developed countries living in Denmark. These immigrants tend to have a hard time finding jobs, but are nevertheless automatically included in the welfare state. Benefiting from the generous public services without paying back in the form of taxes would therefore lead to a significant deficit of government spending.

The financial crisis is not helping the case for a more open policy on immigration. The country’s economy is experiencing a downward trend after several years of prosperity, while the unemployment rate — which has been declining in the last years and reached a notoriously low 1.6 % this July — has stopped its downward trend and is predicted to double within the next couple of years.

Thucydides would approve of a new term that has surfaced in the recent discussion of immigration and its impact on the welfare state: “super immigration”. “Super immigrants” have a higher education, bring no family with them, come to work, and leave after some years. According to the Danish National Bank, “super immigrants”, in contrasts to the aforementioned immigrants, would benefit the state economy by an estimated $ 1 billion. These “super immigrants” would be an asset to the state economy rather than a heavy economic burden.

“Super immigrants” are the workforce Denmark wants. Equally important, they are the ones who could rescue a precarious welfare system.

Toughening immigration policies could be incremental for the survival of the existing version of the Danish welfare system. But is it a viable solution to turn immigration into a case of cherry picking in order to save the welfare model? Or is it time to reconsider the model itself?

           — Hat tip: TB [Return to headlines]

Culture Wars

Greece: De Facto Couples Will Not Include Gays

(ANSAmed) — ATHENS, OCTOBER 17 — The new law that will equate de facto couples with regularly married couples will not include gays. This was stated by Minister Sotiris Hatzigakis in Parliament responding to the extreme left wing party, Syriza which wanted rights to be extended to homosexuals. “The way the law is now is what we need in this moment to face the needs of society” said Hatzigaskis cited by the media, adding that if in the future things change, the issue will be re-examined. The law to be approved by Parliament includes an acceleration for divorces and a simplification for adoptions. (ANSAmed).

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Huff Post Writer Stabs Lesbian Lover 222 Times

A freelance election reporter for the Huffington Post shot herself after stabbing her lesbian lover 222 times with a screwdriver and stuffing the body in the back seat of the victim’s BMW, authorities say.

Carol Anne Burger, 57, an award-winning photojournalist and regular contributor to the online website, reported on the election from their home in Florida. She had experienced an upsetting break up with software executive Jessica Kalish, 56, a woman whom she had married in Massachusetts, the Palm Beach Post reported. The partners were planning to divide their assets, including the home they still shared, after splitting last year. Kalish had met another woman and frequently went on online dates with her.

“Burger, upset at the disintegration of her relationship and disgusted with the U.S. during the past several years, sometimes talked of moving to Panama or Mexico to start again,” the Post reported

Instead, Burger killed the woman in their garage with a Phillips-head screwdriver, stabbing her in the back of her head, back, arms and face. Most of Kalish’s wounds were at least an inch deep. A piercing in the neck damaged her spinal cord and ultimately ended her life, authorities said.

Burger attempted to conceal the killing by hiding the body and calling police to report the victim missing on Oct. 23. Boynton Beach Police Lt. Gary Chapman told the Post blood stains indicate Burger attempted to put Kalish’s body in her car trunk before ultimately hiding her in the back seat. She then drove the car about 2 1/2 miles before smashing the driver-side window and discarding the victim’s keys and wallet. Burger returned to the home and cleaned the crime scene.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Snow Blankets London for Global Warming Debate

How Parliament passed the Climate Bill

Snow fell as the House of Commons debated Global Warming yesterday — the first October fall in the metropolis since 1922. The Mother of Parliaments was discussing the Mother of All Bills for the last time, in a marathon six hour session.

In order to combat a projected two degree centigrade rise in global temperature, the Climate Change Bill pledges the UK to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. The bill was receiving a third reading, which means both the last chance for both democratic scrutiny and consent.

The bill creates an enormous bureaucratic apparatus for monitoring and reporting, which was expanded at the last minute. Amendments by the Government threw emissions from shipping and aviation into the monitoring program, and also included a revision of the Companies Act (c. 46) “requiring the directors’ report of a company to contain such information as may be specified in the regulations about emissions of greenhouse gases from activities for which the company is responsible” by 2012.

Recently the American media has begun to notice the odd incongruity of saturation media coverage here which insists that global warming is both man-made and urgent, and a British public which increasingly doubts either to be true. 60 per cent of the British population now doubt the influence of humans on climate change, and more people than not think Global Warming won’t be as bad “as people say”.

           — Hat tip: Abu Elvis [Return to headlines]


Asia, World Leader in Religious Freedom Violations

According to the 2008 Report on Religious Freedom Worldwide that was released today by Aid to the Church in Need, 10 of the 13 countries with “serious limitations” to religious freedom and 15 of the 24 countries with “limitations” to religious freedom are found in Asia.

Rome (AsiaNews) — Asia is by a wide margin the continent with the most violations of religious freedom. Ten of the 13 countries with serious limitations to religious freedom are in Asia, this according to Religious Freedom Worldwide — Report 2008 published by Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), which was released today in Rome. These countries are: Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iran, Turkmenistan, Pakistan, China, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos and North Korea. The other three are Nigeria and Sudan in Africa, and Cuba in the Americas. Religious freedom is also limited in 15 other Asian countries; 9 in the rest of the world.

This year the ACN Report goes international. Translated in seven languages it was released at the same time in Italy, France, Spain and Germany.

Freedom to change one’s religion, to display and practice one’s religious beliefs in private and public, to develop one’s religious life, to pass on one’s creed and spread one’s values are but some of the issue the Report analyses. With sometime alarming data and figures the survey looks at every nation in the world insofar as religious freedom is allowed or not.

ACN President Fr Joaquín Alliende, AsiaNews Editor Fr Bernado Cervellera, Camille Eid and Marco Politi presented the report in a press conference coordinated by Paola Rivetta.

The study of violations of religious freedom ranges from Saudi Arabia, which sees itself as “fully” Islamic and bans all public display of any religion other than Islam (including the possession of Bibles, wearing a crucifix, carrying a rosary or praying in public), to Bhutan, where non-Buddhist missionaries are proscribed and the construction of non-Buddhist buildings is limited or outlawed and where everyone is required to adhere to the dress code of the predominantly Buddhist Ngalop ethnic group, whether in public buildings, monasteries, schools or during public ceremonies.

The book also looks at Myanmar with its bloody repression of monks; North Korea, a country that has banned all religious practices, that has no priest or monk and where 300,000 Christians have likely perished over the past few decades; India, now infamous for its anti-Christian pogroms; China which systematically oppresses Churches, Tibetan Buddhists and Muslim Uyghurs, with prisons full of priests and pastors; and the Maldives, a tourist paradise whose constitution reserves all political, judicial and administrative posts to Muslims, where Sharia law is enforced and all public display by other religions are banned.

As visual support the book includes a map that shows where people are still suffering today because of their faith.

           — Hat tip: C. Cantoni [Return to headlines]

From Meccania to Atlantis — Part 1: the March of the Body Snatchers

by Takuan Seiyo


Seeing that Eurabia and Multimerica may be merging into one ideological superstate, if not yet a formal one, naming it would be useful so that it remains an easily identifiable concept.

A good name already exists in literature’s archives. It is the fictional Meccania — an oppressive police tyranny regimented and controlled by the government as much as errant garbage recyclers are monitored by CCTV cameras in the UK, cartoonists are kept in check by the PC compliance pashas of Eurabia, and unruly bananas are proscribed by EC Commission Regulation No 2257/94.

The neat thing is that Gregory Owen’s Meccania, the Super-State was published in 1918. And the other neat thing is that Meccania, probably attempting to conjure a mechanized society of the future, has the name Mecca in it.

Maybe it’s time to start thinking about the common denominator of the besieged ones in Meccania, and develop a joint course of action. Maybe Benjamin Franklin was right when he said that we must all hang together, or we shall all hang separately.

A European who cares about Europe ought to care about America or Australia. Because when America goes, so does his freedom, whatever remains of it. And if Australia goes, he has no place to go in case life in Eurabia has become untenable and Multiamerica slides into a 1984 scenario.

           — Hat tip: LN [Return to headlines]

Hirsi Ali, Critic of Islam, Honored for Courage

By Tom Tugend

A tall African-born woman, raised a devout Muslim but now one of Islam’s sharpest critics, last week calmly dismantled some of the favorite shibboleths of American liberalism.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali was in town to accept an inaugural award for her remarkable personal and civic courage from Community Advocates, Inc., in front of some 600 Angelenos of various political stripes.

           — Hat tip: Steen [Return to headlines]

Indonesia, Terrorism, and Barry Soetoro

For most of his childhood, Barack Hussein Obama lived with his mother and stepfather in Indonesia and went by the name of Barry Soetoro. During that phase of his life — despite his campaign’s assertions to the contrary — little Barry was, at least outwardly, an observant and devout Muslim.

Barack Hussein Obama in Indonesia

Our Flemish correspondent VH has researched Barry Soetoro’s time in Indonesia, and also provides a summary of the current political situation in Indonesia in the following report.

Indonesia, Terrorism, and Barry Soetoro
by VH

The execution of the Bali Bombers, who called themselves “holy warriors”, but were called Muslim cowards by others, is imminent. Rumors say it might be this weekend, others claim it will happen November 7 or at least before November 20.

The three Muslim terrorists — Amrozi, Imam Samudra and Ali Ghufron (aka Mukhlas) — feared their execution: “convicts who go before a firing squad sometimes do not die immediately, causing unnecessary suffering,” they let their lawyer plead. These diabolos never considered this when they ripped apart and burned alive hundreds of Western kuffar and Indonesian citizens. But the execution will be in good hands: the elite firing squad is testing and warming up their equipment.

The (outstanding) Australian expat service this week sent around a warning message: “There have been recent arrests of high level terrorist operatives in Indonesia, but we assess terrorists are continuing to plan attacks. These attacks could take place at any time, including in places frequented by foreigners. Previous terrorist attacks against Westerners in Bali and Jakarta indicate these areas are priority targets. You should take particular care to avoid places known to be terrorist targets. See the Terrorism section for details. […] The Indonesian Government announced on 24 October that the three individuals convicted for involvement in the 2002 Bali bombing would be executed in early November 2008.”

Since the end of Ramadan, Bali is especially crowded with police. Not only around the ferry connection to Java, but also in the southwest of the island. Sudden roadblocks appear on various locations with dozens of officers checking motorcycles, cars and identities.

There is a rumor that postponing the execution was necessary to make them “nyanyi” for the last time (“make them sing,” squeeze the last drop of information out of them) and arrange for the necessary security in the country: Muslims threatened to retaliate when their fellow mass murderers would be shot. And the Australians are getting scared because of that.

The most peculiar rumor, however, is that a sort of hudna was agreed with Muslim leaders: they get their pornography bill passed in return for not becoming violent over the upcoming execution of the three Muslim butchers on death row and for the conviction of Rizieq Shihab.

Rizieq Shihab of the FPI (Islam Defenders Front) was sentenced today for “inciting hatred and instigating violence against participants of a peace rally [a rally by the National Alliance for the Freedom of Faith and Religion] at the National Monument [in Jakarta] in June”. According to the judge, he was “generating animosity and mobilizing others to commit violent acts against people and people’s property in public”. No Muslim has complained about the verdict (yet).

The other half of the deal has been executed: the Muslim Porn Bill has been passed. Muslims finally got their chance to consign “multicultural” Indonesia to the dustbin. The Religious Fascists are one step closer to making Indonesia another fully doomed colony of Saudi Arabia.
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“Cries of joy and shouts of Alhamdullillah [actually they screamed: ‘Allahu Akhbar’] came from the balcony of the House of Representatives.” But “this has nothing to do with the Islamic parties,” a Muslim activist lied. A representative of the “Muslim Sisterhood”‘ said: “Insyaallah (God willing), Indonesians will eventually undergo a moral revival — the basis of a country — and later economic revival.”

Eight out of ten parties supported the bill. Only the PDI-P from Megawati Sukarnoputri and the Prosperous Peace Party opposed it. “The legislators are politicizing morality and religion. They are using this issue as a political vehicle for their battle for power,” the Komnas Perempuan [National Commission on Violence against Women] stated.

The bottom of the basket filled with random islands known as Indonesia fell out today: “Pancasila”, the five “beliefs:” Monotheism and equality of the main religions, Humanitarianism, Nationalism (unity of Indonesia), Consultative Democracy, and Justice. This was an invention of Sukarno to keep the assorted bunch of islands he inherited from the Dutch in one basket.

Neither Islamism, Socialism, Nationalism, nor Western freedoms should compete for power over one another. All should remain equal in value: a multicultural, multi-religious experiment avant la lettre that had to fail, just as all forced multicultural/multi-religious societies will fail when they do not develop in a natural way, but are orchestrated or forced together and lack a common denominator.

In the sixties, Communists (die-hard Socialists) had trouble sitting still in the Pancasila basket, went on a rampage, trying to seize absolute power by assassinations and violence, and were in return whipped by Suharto. Now the Islamists are giving it a final try and risk causing a disaster.

They already succeeded in North Sumatra and further South. The dominos keep falling all across the archipelago. Only today in Tangerang, a large city next to Jakarta, the moderate Muslim who loves the sound of crushing wine bottles and invented “make-up in handbag equals prostitute” and the “curfew for women” (all out of religious belief), Wahidin Halim, was re-elected as mayor. Ladies who dare to go out during the daytime can expect before long to be obliged to wear the mobile curfew: the Arab burka.

Now pornography (e.g. nude hands, ankles, or a swaying hip in an age-old ritual dance) is forbidden and ladies are given the choice to stay in the house or in jail. Islam has the answer to all problems it invents: like the male closet lust. Four or more obedient wives to unveil for Muslim carnivores; pre-teens for dedicated Muslim pedophiles. All legal (Sharia), all free, perverse, live, religious and private. The animated photocopy of Mohammad’s pre-mediaeval barbarian life. The only thing missing in Saudi Indonesia is a herd of camels in front of the hut, a slave market in the alun-alun (village square) and a dead desert.

People wonder whether the army will one day intervene to save the basket case called Indonesia. They kicked out the Dutch in the past, saving Indonesia from becoming another Vietnam or Cambodia, and should be brave enough to kick out the Arabs, now that it’s time to do so. But the majority of the soldiers are “religious believers” themselves, and an island like Bali is one of the key contributors to the cash box of the Muslim brothers in Jakarta.

Others think that islands like Papua, Bali, Celebes, Flores, etc., will refuse to become a colony of Islamic backwardness, and declare independence. In Bali this is a serious issue: in Solo, a city on the island of Java, it is suggested that “it should be protected under a fully enforced law. Ideally, the law would allow education, the economy and ideology (culture) to co-exist [with Jakarta’s Islamist politics], with none dominating the others.” Even Java itself risks falling to pieces.

Perhaps some islands might even consider leaving the Indonesian basket to join the still civilized Australia, Singapore, or even the Philippines. The Indonesian Army is no match for the stronger Singaporean and Australian Armies. The worst-case scenario, however, is a long-lasting low-level civil/guerilla war, as might happen in other regions in the world that are confronted with the pest-variety in their midst called “Moderate Islam”.

Obama and the USSA

What helps Islamic imperialism is the dhimmitude of the Free West. If Islam is a raging fire that turns all that is passes by to dead black dust (and it does), the West is providing the wind, the extra oxygen, instead of extinguishing it. As everybody knows in Indonesia, the American Socialist President candidate Barry Soetoro (aka Barack Hussein Obama Jr.) is a Kenyan-born Indonesian Muslim — at least he still had an Indonesian passport in 1981 when he went to Pakistan. He was not just an everyday Muslim in Jakarta, but one with a “fundamentalist” Socialist/Islamic upbringing.

Barry Soetoro did not only — like every Indonesian Muslim — follow compulsory Islamic classes in primary school. His observance was not cursory as his sister states, but by regular prayer and weekly by teachings.

He went often to the mosque for praying [translated]: “he was very often in the prayer room, Barry was then quite a religious Muslim.” His biological father, Barack Hussein Obama, was the Muslim economist from Kenya. Before marrying Ann Dunham, Hussein Obama married Kenyans and had seven children. All of Barry’s father’s relatives were religious Islamists. “We often previously asked him to the prayer room close to the house,” said Rony Amir, Barry’s teammate when living in H. Ramli Street, Jakarta.

Most remarkably, he was sent out by his Muslim stepfather and Muslim mother to study mengaji, the reading and reciting of the Quran in Arabic. [1]

So-called “moderate” Indonesians would never send their child to such mengaji classes; therefore his parents were not of the “moderate” sort, but were devoted Muslims. Indonesians are waiting for him to come out the closet, and believe his “Christianity” is nothing but kitman.

After the election he will admit to being a devoted Muslim, many say in comments. “I’m drawn to the idea of an American president who can wear a sarong with style, and who feels nostalgic when he hears the call to prayer,” writes a commenter in the Jakarta Post.

Barry Soetoro the Chameleon: he might be the sock puppet of the Weather Underground, the militant leftists who planned to murder 25 million Americans.

He supports his Kenyan family member, Marxist/Islamist demagogue, and instigator of the slaughter of Christians, Raila Odinga, who also had the same slogan: ““Kenyans are now yearning for change”, and in return supports Obama. Odinga kicked out Jerome Corsi for writing a critical book on Obama, and Obama didn’t oppose it. Obama did also not oppose burning Christians alive.

Anyway, whether or not Obama wants to implement the Cloward and Piven Strategy and have the white American middle class queue at the soup kitchens of the State and turn the USA into the USSA, Indonesian Muslims will be excited to see a Kenyan-born devoted Indonesian Muslim become the President of the USA.

It will embolden the Islamists to roll out sharia from west to east over the archipelago. Nothing and nobody will stop them. As Barry Soetoro could recite so well: ““Allah is Supreme! Allah is Supreme! / Allah is Supreme! Allah is Supreme! / I witness that there is no god but Allah / I witness that there is no god but Allah / I witness that Muhammad is his prophet…”

[1] Mengaji: “The Quran that is used by these teachers to teach these kids is mainly written in Arabic. These kids are thought how to read the Quran with the correct Tajwid, which can loosely be translated as punctuations. Once they have gone through the entire Quran, the kid is considered to have “Khattam Quran”. This means that the kid has finished reading the Quran from cover to cover. Often a large celebration is held to commemorate this occasion. […] These children are forced to attend these Mengaji Classes, where they are made to sit in front of the Ustaz and read according to the proper Tajwid. They make sure the pronunciation is correct because otherwise they might be saying blasphemous things without even knowing it.”

Defeating Eurabia, Part 4

The Fjordman Report

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The Case of Sweden

This essay consists of bits and pieces of information from many different essays published between 2005 and 2008.

There is a disproportionate amount of Scandinavian material in this book, obviously because I am Scandinavian myself and follow the developments in Norway, Sweden and Denmark closely in the native languages. The primary reason why I write much about Sweden is because it is one of the most totalitarian countries in the Western world. It is an interesting — and frightening — example of Political Correctness and self-loathing and can as such serve as a warning to others. Most of the problems described here exist throughout the Western world, although there is a difference in degree. The second reason is that Sweden, like my own country, needs some “tough love.” Too many Swedes still cling on to the myth of the “Swedish model” while their country is disintegrating. If Sweden the nation is to be saved — if it still can be saved, I’m not so sure — then Sweden the ideological beacon for mankind must be smashed, because vanity now blocks sanity.

I was involved, along with several others, in a heated public debate with Charles Johnson of the major American “anti-Jihad” blog Little Green Footballs (LGF) from late 2007 and well into 2008, which became bitter in part because we had traditionally been allies. I won’t go into the specific details here since this isn’t interesting to most readers, but I will say something about the general situation in Sweden. Mr. Johnson criticized the inclusion of a small political party called the Sweden Democrats (and the major Flemish party the Vlaams Belang from Belgium) in a counter-Jihad conference because they supposedly are “racists.”

My answer would be that I find some of their policies to be reasonable, although I do not necessarily agree with all of them. Besides, I don’t see why we need to agree with people on everything just because we talk to them. The authorities all over the Western world meet with representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical Islamic groups. Even quite violent groups in Third World countries are considered “freedom fighters” by many Westerners when they fight for their causes. This amounts to saying that meeting with potentially violent groups, as long as they are non-white, is OK, but meeting with non-violent groups who work peacefully within the democratic system is not OK if they stand up for their rights and happen to be white. I do not accept this double standard and refuse to submit to it.

The “white nationalist” label which LGF used is totally meaningless in Europe. Maybe it makes sense in a North American or Australian context, but not in a European one. Yes, native Europeans happen to be born white, and most of us support national sovereignty. But nobody calls Asians, Africans or others who fight for their dignity black, brown or yellow nationalists, so why should we be called white nationalists if we do the same?

Moreover, it’s just plain, factually wrong. Europeans have been waging wars against each other for hundreds of years. There is hardly a spot on European soil where a person cannot stand and say “You did this bad thing to us X number of centuries ago, and we still hate you for it.” We view ourselves as Italians, Norwegians, Poles, Irishmen etc., not as “whites.”

Europeans generally do not wish to eradicate all of our national peculiarities, and the differences between northern and southern, eastern and western Europe are profound. Let us not kid ourselves about that. However, that doesn’t mean that we never have common interests. The irony is that precisely the kind of verbal and physical attacks we are being subjected to now could potentially change things. There is an increasing amount of racist violence targeting whites. And I do mean whites, not Englishmen, Scots, Germans, Czechs, Hungarians, Catholics, Orthodox Christians or atheists. Perhaps if people feel that they are being attacked as whites they will start defending themselves as whites as well. Maybe, if this is a “post-national” age and nation states are undermined by transnational ideologies of various kinds, native Europeans will create a “transnational” ideology of their to defend themselves. This ideology would be dedicated to the defense of a shared European civilization and of the peoples who have historically created it. I don’t foresee that pre-existing national identities can or should disappear completely, but there could be another layer of “Europeanism” added on top of this: Europe as a cultural alliance rather than as a single nation.

As the Baron of Gates of Vienna put it: “Wouldn’t it be ironic if the Multicultural regime imposed by the EU and the UN actually produced that which it fears the most? A newly-forged pan-European nationalist identity, but one that rejects Multiculturalism, immigration, and Islam. Yet another example of the Law of Unintended Consequences. For they sow the wind, and they reap the whirlwind…

Regarding racism: It is perfectly plausible from a scientific point of view to speculate whether biology affects human behavior. If you believe the theory of evolution then the very concept of racism is essentially meaningless. “Racism” doesn’t mean anything other than that you recognize that there are genetic differences between groups of people (an undisputed medical fact) and ask whether these differences have practical consequences. It is even a scientifically valid question to ponder whether there is a genetic component to culture. It’s unscientific to block any debate of the subject.

I could add that in a traditional society, the worst thing you can be is not a racist but a traitor. We now have a situation where it is good to betray your people whereas those who defend their nation are evil. This needs to be reversed back to normal. We shouldn’t have to defend ourselves and say “I’m not a racist, but….” at all. When the Multiculturalists start their sentences with the words “I’m not a traitor to my people, but…,” we know we are winning.

Here is a comment by British reader DP111:

“Britain is under a threat, the likes of which it has never been under. If Napoleon or even Hitler, had conquered Britain, most of our British/Western culture, music, art etc would be unscathed. Islam on the other hand will wipe out everything. In the fullness of time, the very presence of Christianity- cathedrals, minsters, abbeys, will be demolished and razed to the ground (re: Bamiyan Buddhas). So grave is the threat to the existence, nay, the very soul of Britain, that it is not possible to rule out any policy to remove the Islam threat, just because it may harm some innocent person or group — racial, religious or secular, or ethnic, no matter how sacred. Besides, all of them can be compensated in some form at a later date, once the Islam threat has been removed. This is an existential war, and innocents will, and are being injured or killed. If this means that we need to suspend parliamentary democracy for the duration — so be it. If it means suspending constitutional monarchy — so be it. If it means banning groups from the realm — so be it. All can be reversed once the danger is eliminated. Besides, there is precedent in British history for all the above.”

I remember walking through the Vatican in Rome not too long ago, admiring all the beautiful pictorial art as well as the amazing statues. Nothing like this can or does exist in Islam. All of this priceless art will be destroyed if Islamization continues. It will happen, the only question is when. The cultural treasures of Italy survived Mussolini. The Communists were more destructive than the Fascists when it came to art, but even they didn’t destroy all the traditional art within their territory. What we are facing, the combination of Multiculturalism, mass immigration and Islam, constitutes the greatest threat European civilization has ever faced. We will simply cease to exist as distinct peoples forever if we don’t defeat this threat.

I warned Johnson and his followers that they relied upon heavily biased information provided by political enemies from countries whose politics they did not understand. Those opposing the official Multicultural policies will automatically be branded as “racists” and “extremists” by the political establishment throughout Western Europe. The state-sponsored organization Expo was treated as a credible source of information by LGF regarding Swedish politics. One of their co-founders, Tobias Hübinette, wrote this in 1996:
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“To feel and even think that the white race is inferior in every conceivable way is natural with regards to its history and current actions. Let the Western countries of the white race perish in blood and suffering. Long live the multicultural, racially mixed and classless ecological society! Long live anarchy!”

According to his CV, Tobias Hübinette worked for Expo until at least 1997. In other words, he continued doing research for this “anti-racist” organization after having publicly advocated the extermination of whites and the violent destruction of an entire civilization. Hübinette has continued promoting “Multiculturalism,” even received awards, and was in late 2007 working for the Multicultural Centre of Botkyrka, Sweden. To some, “Multiculturalism” apparently means “death to white people and their culture,” nothing more and nothing less.

The founder and editor of Expo magazine from 1995 until his death in November 2004, Stieg Larsson, worked with Hübinette. Larsson left behind three unpublished thrillers which have become major bestsellers after his death, in Sweden and beyond. And by bestsellers I mean a Scandinavian equivalent of the Da Vinci Code. I have read several articles in the mainstream media about Larsson’s life, and they all left out his collaboration with Hübinette. Apparently, working with a person calling for the mass murder of your people is of such little significance that it doesn’t even deserve to be mentioned in a single sentence.

The EU’s official watchdog against “racism” complains that native Europeans do not censor themselves enough. The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) is a Vienna-based agency created in 2007 as the successor to the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC). One of the organizations cooperating with FRA is the Swedish left-wing organization Expo, which has been treated as a credible source of information by the European Fundamental Rights Agency regarding “racist violence” in Sweden [ pdf ]. Not only is Expo linked to from the Agency’s website, it has received hundreds of thousands of Euros — presumably sponsored by European taxpayers — in direct financial support from the Agency [ pdf ]. Expo takes part in the EU’s Raxen network against racism and xenophobia.

I have never seen a single official study tracking the wave of racist violence, rapes, stabbings and murder directed against native Europeans in cities across the continent, at least the western half of it. As the EU is deliberately breaking down existing nation states through mass immigration of alien and sometimes hostile peoples, the EU is to a considerable extent responsible for triggering this wave of racist violence against the indigenous peoples of an entire continent. If the EU wants to fight against racism, it should start with abolishing itself.

The EU spends millions and millions of Euros of European tax money on funding Islamic groups in the Middle East as well as “anti-racist groups” (usually heavily infiltrated by former Communists) across much of Europe. This is done in order to facilitate the creation of Eurabia and harass “racists” who oppose the EU’s agenda and desire national sovereignty. The most dangerous thing, however, is the money going the other way, with Arab oil money sponsoring Islamic expansionism and buying corrupt officials and politicians in Western nations.

According to what appeared to be a leaked document from the fall of 2008, Expo has apparently provided some of their material on the Sweden Democrats to the largest political party in the country, the Social Democrats, for use against their political rivals from a legal opposition party which appears to be set to gain seats in parliament during the next elections. I cannot say with certainty whether this document is genuine, but it is not impossible that it is. Expo is treated as a respectable organization by the political class, and their material has been reprinted by leading newspapers Expressen and Aftonbladet, among others.

Unfortunately, Expo has demonstrated a willingness to “share information” with radical groups of “anti-Fascists” in Antifascistisk Action (AFA). The thugs of AFA in the spring of 2008 destroyed the car of an elderly woman and wrote “nasse“ (Nazi) on top of it. As it turned out, they picked the wrong car. Yet years of such attacks against private citizens have not prompted the authorities to crack down on their activities.

Leading newspaper Aftonbladet has close ideological ties to the Social Democrats, the country’s dominant party for most of the past century. Helle Klein, its political editor-in-chief from 2001 to 2007, during a demonstration organized by Islamic and anti-racist organizations in December 2006 stood in front of a banner which read “A Sweden for all — Stop the Nazi violence“ and held a speech warning against Islamophobia in the media. Klein has voiced sympathy for terrorist organization Hamas in her editorials while warning against the threat posed to world peace by Israeli aggression and the Christian Right in the USA. Hamas is a Fascist organization openly calling for mass murder of Jews. Violent attacks against Jews in Europe in 2008 are to an overwhelming degree caused by Muslim immigration, which is encouraged by the EU and the national political elites. The irony of warning against “Nazi violence” while showing sympathy for an organization that wants to finish what the Nazis started apparently doesn’t strike Ms. Klein. She still blogged at Aftonbladet‘s website as of early 2008.

One of Klein’s fellow columnists at Aftonbladet, the long-time Communist Robert Aschberg, is the publisher of Expo magazine. Leading Expo member Charles Westin in October 2007 published the book Brunt! (“brown,” as in “Fascist”), where he let members of AFA contribute some of their intelligence regarding “right-wing extremists,” among them people associated with the legal party the Sweden Democrats. In addition to Mr. Westin, the book was co-authored by Mats Deland, who is a journalist in Aftonbladet. Why is it considered OK that a representative of one of Scandinavia’s largest newspapers, with ties to the country’s largest political party, thus associates himself openly with an organization known for physically assaulting members of a legal opposition party, even in their private homes?

Before the elections in 2006, the established parties cooperated in boycotting the Sweden Democrats and other “xenophobic” parties. In one of many similar incidents, which extreme Leftists bragged about on the Internet, around 30 members of the SD were attacked during a peaceful, private party outside the town of Växjö. The brave “anti-Fascists” threw tear gas into the building, forcing people outside where they were beaten with iron bars and axes. Open, aggressive and sometimes violent harassment of critics of the country’s immigration policies has been going on for years while the authorities have largely turned a blind eye to the problem. Still, the SD’s press spokesman Jonas Åkerlund has said such attacks have become less common, and in 2008 the party does seem to be treated slightly better.

Seemingly encouraged by the silence from the establishment to political violence, extreme Leftists have stepped up their attacks to include mainstream parties, such as the Centre Party’s offices in Stockholm. Newspaper Expressen warned against the “low-intensity terrorism” conducted by extreme Leftists and neo-Nazis. But they were honest enough to admit that the extreme Leftists have tended to get away with their violence because it has been directed against despised right-wingers. Political scientist Peter Esaiasson has done research into every election movement in Sweden since 1866. According to him, the organized attempts at disrupting meetings during the 2006 elections have no parallels in modern history.

AFA are Marxists and convinced that progress can only be made through violent struggle: “If we want to fight against capitalism, the working class needs to be united, and in order to be so intolerance cannot be tolerated. However, if we want to fight against intolerance we have to defeat capitalism as an extension of that struggle. Hence anti-fascism, feminism and the struggle against homophobia go hand in hand with the class struggle!”

If you protest against Muslim immigration, you suffer from Islamophobia, which is almost the same as xenophobia, which is almost the same as racism. And racists are almost Fascists and Nazis, as we all know, and they shouldn’t be allowed to voice their opinions in public. Hence, if you protest against being assaulted or raped by immigrants, you are evil and need to be silenced. Natives who object to a mass immigration that will render them a minority in their own country within a couple of generations have already been classified as “racists,” and racists are for all practical purposes outside of the protection of the law. According to Politikerbloggen, AFA have produced a manual about how to use violence in order to paralyze and hurt their opponents, and they encourage their members to study it closely.

The “respectable,” state-funded organization Antirasistisk Senter, the Antiracist Center in Norway, at their home page as of 2008 link to AFA Stockholm, which they call “militant Swedish anti-Fascists.” So they know that they are “militant,” but not so much that they won’t link to them. They also link to Antifaschistische Aktion (AFA) in Berlin, some of whose members were probably among the brave “anti-Fascists” who assaulted “racist” old ladies and Jewish “Nazis” during the peaceful anti-Islamization demonstration in Cologne, Germany in September 2008. The other organizations mentioned indicate that these are recommended and not just “relevant” links. This is met with silence from the mass media and the political class.

The girlfriend of a politician from the Sweden Democrats was attacked at her home outside Stockholm. The young woman was found bound with duct tape in the apartment block where she lives with Martin Kinnunen, chairman of the youth wing of the SD. Three men had forced their way into the couple’s apartment and held the 19-year-old at knife point. Kinnunen tells of several threats and anonymous phone calls to the family. He blames the media for systematically portraying the SD as monsters and thus for legitimizing aggression against them, and claims that the Swedish democracy is a sham.

text14|News website The Local states that members of the only significant (but still small) party in Sweden critical of mass immigration live under constant threat of violence. Sweden is witnessing the greatest explosion of street violence in its history, and a woman is raped every two hours. Expo, which is backed by the media and the major parties, has been campaigning against the Sweden Democrats for years. Daniel Poohl from the unelected organization Expo states that it’s “not undemocratic” to deny the SD access to political influence.

According to Jonathan Friedman, an American working in Sweden for years, “no debate about immigration policies is possible, the subject is simply avoided. Sweden has such a close connection between the various powerful groups, politicians, journalists, etc. The political class is closed, isolated.” The elites are worried to see their power slip away and therefore want to silence critics, for instance the Sweden Democrats, a small party opposed to immigration: “It is a completely legal party, they just aren’t allowed to speak.…In reality, the basis of democracy has been completely turned on its head. It is said: ‘Democracy is a certain way of thinking, a specific set of opinions, and if you do not share them, then you aren’t democratic, and then we condemn you and you ought to be eliminated. The People? That is not democratic. We the Elite, we are democracy.’ It is grotesque and it certainly has nothing to do with democracy, more like a kind of moral dictatorship.”

As Bruce Bawer writes in the article While Sweden Slept: “Sweden Democrats have been the targets of events that recall China’s Cultural Revolution. Staged ‘people’s protests’ by members of the ‘youth divisions’ of other parties have led to the firing of Sweden Democrats from their jobs. A few weeks ago, a junior diplomat was dismissed when it became known that he was a member of the party and had criticized his country’s immigration policy. On several occasions, thugs loyal to the ruling parties have broken up SD meetings and beaten up party leaders.”

A judge who hears migration appeals had his house vandalized by left-wing extremists. Threats were sprayed on the walls, red paint was poured over the steps and an axe was left outside his home. “When a judge in a Swedish court has his home vandalized in this way, it is of course very serious,” said Ingvar Paulsson, head of the Gothenburg District Administrative Court. The group Antifascistisk Action (AFA) wrote on its homepage that the attack was motivated by the plight of Iraqi asylum seekers. The Swedish Board of Migration has ruled that they should be deported if they cannot show that a threat exists against them personally.

Sweden alone in 2006 accepted almost as many asylum applications from Iraqis as all other European countries did combined. Native Swedes, who live in a country which was one of the most ethnically homogeneous nations in the world only 30 years ago, will be a minority in their own country within a few decades if current trends continue. Sweden is self-destructing at a pace which is unprecedented in history (although other Western nations are trying hard to beat them to it), but for the extreme Left, even this isn’t fast enough.

I have seen a TV program from the city of Malmö, the third-largest in Sweden, where a veiled Muslim girl told how much she loved it there; it was just like some Arab city. A large proportion of the incoming Iraqis have settled in Södertälje, which vies with the soon-to-be majority Muslim Malmö as the town with the highest percentage of social welfare recipients. However, in Södertälje there is a much larger amount of Assyrian Christians. Interestingly enough, the native population are still harassed by immigrant gangs. This demonstrates that sometimes this is not about Jihad; it’s about racist violence against the white population by various immigrant groups from developing countries. Consequently, the only way to stop this is to halt or severely limit all mass immigration, not just Muslim immigration.

In the fall of 2008, a girl in Södertälje was brutally assaulted and beaten unconscious (they continued beating her even after she was unconscious) by a group of more than twenty armed young men dressed in black. The attackers were immigrants (which the newspaper article actually stated; Swedish media usually don’t mention this if a crime involves immigrant perps) and screamed “f**king Swedish whore!” while they beat the girl and her friend and kicked her while she was lying on the ground. The good news is that another group of five young men (native Swedes) intervened. That took real courage since they were unarmed and greatly outnumbered. They got badly beaten up but probably saved the girl’s life.

As blogger Baron says, “What makes Södertälje unusual is that most of the immigrants causing trouble are not Muslims, but Assyrian Christians. The example of Södertälje highlights the fact that the issue in Sweden and other parts of Europe is not just Muslim immigration, but all mass immigration, especially from the Third World. Even though the Assyrians are Christians, like their Muslim counterparts they have brought with them violence, crime, the disinclination to assimilate, and a widespread disregard for the laws and customs of their adopted country. These are hard lessons to learn, but it’s important to see the problem clearly: mass immigration into a country tends to cause disruption of civil society and lawlessness. It also tends to erode respect for the authority of the state, on the part of immigrants and natives alike.”

Swedish blogger Daniel Eriksson has made a report from Södertälje, which is one of the towns in Sweden with the highest portion of immigrants. A very large number of them are Christian Assyrians, who have clans and even run their own courts:

“Mafia-like criminal networks, many of the members of which are Assyrians, threaten policemen, officials, and small businesses. In classic mafia style, restaurants are offered ‘protection’. Professional criminals work at the entrance, which enables them control how much money comes in and to take what share they want. An alcohol inspector got a bomb put on the outside of his car. Threats are regularly issued against policemen — ‘your house will be burnt down, we know where you live’, etc. It is generally believed that the fact that the Assyrian group is so dominant it a major reason for the problems. In more diverse multicultural areas, people don’t stick as much to one another as the Assyrians do in Södertälje. The diversity makes it less easy for criminals to co-operate, less easy to construct a parallel justice system, and people are also more prone to integrate into Swedish society. The Assyrians in Södertälje don’t need that; they have set up their own self-contained society in Södertälje.”

Following the September 2006 election, Fredrik Reinfeldt became Prime Minister of Sweden, presiding over a centre-right coalition government. This is, in my view, positive. Sweden has been described as a “one-party state,” since the Social Democrats had been in power for 65 of the previous 74 years and had more or less merged with the big labor unions and some government agencies. It is healthy that other parties are in power for a while.

However, the differences between the left-wing and the right-wing in Sweden are not always that big. The last time these parties were in power, under the leadership of PM Carl Bildt from the Swedish “conservative” party in the early 1990s, they presided over massive immigration, and have not been vocal in their opposition to the immigration policies since. Bildt, now Foreign Minister in Reinfeldt’s government, as a UN Commissioner to the Balkans called for recognizing Islam as a part of European culture. These parties are slightly more sensible in economic policies than the Social Democrats, but not much better when it comes to Multiculturalism. Mass immigration continues at full speed.

The “conservative” PM Reinfeldt has stated that the traditional Swedish culture was merely barbarism. He said this following a visit to an area called Ronna in Södertälje, near Stockholm. In an earlier incident, a police station in Södertälje was hit by shots from an automatic weapon following a confrontation between immigrant youths and police. Apart from police staff, two civilian Swedish women were in the police station. They were being questioned about harassment earlier in the day. Three young men who had been identified by the women were suspected of making illegal threats. The three men were released in the evening, but the arrests provoked strong reactions. A group of immigrants advanced on the police and attacked them with stones. The trouble in Ronna started after a native Swedish girl had been called a “whore” by some immigrants and she reacted to this.

Such incidents are part of the increasingly extreme sexual and physical violence targeting native whites by immigrant gangs. This is way beyond just “crime,” it can hardly be labeled anything other than ethnic warfare. It has been met with almost total silence from the “anti-racist” organizations, many of which are dominated by white Marxists more than by immigrants. They appear to be totally uninterested in racism against their own people, and indirectly encourage it by telling immigrants that they face a system of repressive “white racism” designed to hold them down, thus whipping up hatred against whites.

Expo has ties to extreme left-wing organizations. For instance, one member of their staff in 2008, Kenny Hjälte, was until recently an active member of the Left Party, the “reformed” Communist party. Just how “reformed” this party is has been a matter of controversy. Their leader Lars Ohly called himself a “Leninist” as late as 1999, a decade after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Following media exposure regarding his party’s links with the repressive Communist regimes of Eastern Europe during the Cold War, he said that he would no longer call himself a Communist but still supported the Marxist ideals of a classless society.

The seminar “Arguments against the Sweden Democrats” in October 2007 was moderated by a person representing Internationalen, the newspaper of Socialistiska partiet, the representatives of Trotskyist Communists in Sweden. It was co-organized by Arbetaren (“The Worker”), a Socialist newspaper, with Kajsa Lindohf from Expo and journalist Mats Deland from major newspaper Aftonbladet as participants. Several prominent Swedes have a background from Arbetaren, among them the author Liza Marklund. She cooperates professionally with the writer Jan Guillou, whose story about the fictional character Arn Magnusson, placed during the Crusades (with a heavy anti-Christian and pro-Islamic bias), in 2007 was turned into the most expensive film production in Scandinavian history.

Jan Guillou refused to honor the victims of the Jihadist attacks of September 11, 2001 with three minutes of silence because the attacks were “an attack on U.S. imperialism.” Responding to a study showing a vastly disproportionate amount of Left Party (former Communist party) supporters among journalists, the Socialist Jan Guillou admitted that “The statistics are true.” Guillou has boasted about the fact that unlike their neighbors, Sweden doesn’t have a significant political party critical of mass immigration. This is, according to him, because the intellectuals have stuck together to prevent such “Islamophobia and racism” from gaining ground. It is curious that he brags about curtailing freedom of speech regarding mass immigration, since from 2000 to 2004 he was the chairman of the Swedish Publicists’ Association, which is supposedly dedicated to free speech in the mass media.

To give some perspective on just how biased the Swedish political and media establishment is, here is a blog post from February 2008 by the Scandinavia-based American writer Bruce Bawer, author of the international bestseller While Europe Slept:

Dagens Nyheter, Sweden’s largest newspaper, contains a piece by Andreas Malm about While Europe Slept, Bat Yeor’s Eurabia, Walter Laqueur’s Last Days of Europe, and Mark Steyn’s America Alone. (But mostly about While Europe Slept.) It’s more of the usual mischief: instead of seriously addressing the facts and analyses in these books, Malm is regally dismissive and derisive, relentlessly mocking the authors and caricaturing their arguments.”

Who is Mr. Malm? According to Bawer he’s “a former member of Syndicalist Youth (no, it’s not a Swedish boy band), a regular contributor to a syndicalist weekly called Arbetaren, and a founder of the Swedish branch of the International Solidarity Movement. A couple of years ago he wrote a piece for Expressen explaining why he supports Hizbollah. In this corner of the world, it’s only par for the course for a major newspaper to invite a person with such a résumé to write about books like While Europe Slept.”

The Syndicalist Youth see themselves as a part of the “revolutionary Left” and champion a “stateless and classless” society. They are supporters of the Palestinian intifada because it “shows the way for the millions of workers in the West and for us revolutionaries who are fighting in the heart” of “US-led imperialism.” As Norwegian journalist Jens Tomas Anfindsen notes, it is difficult to believe that a person with a history of revolutionary activism could be awarded a job in this “paper of record” unless they knew about his background and maybe considered it an asset. Dagens Nyheter is a “center-right” newspaper by local standards. A supporter of the Islamic terrorist organization Hizbollah and of a global stateless world thus gets to write about “Islamophobia” in a leading “conservative” newspaper.

In contrast, Lennart Eriksson worked at the Swedish Migration Board for more than 20 years. In 2007 he was ousted from his job as unit manager, allegedly because he ran a website in which he gave his opinions on various issues and because he is a political Conservative and pro-Israeli. On his website, he voiced appreciation of the US and Israel as thriving democracies and praised US general Patton as a hero of World War Two. He never spent work-time on his website and never used his work computers for this purpose. Neither do his employers contend that he ever did so. Eriksson sued the Migration Board. He maintains he has in effect been fired from his job as asylum assessment unit manager, camouflaged in the form of a transfer, and feels that there is no legal or justifiable cause for the move. The Migration Board confirms that Lennart Eriksson has been transferred as a result of the opinions he expressed on his private website. The case will be settled in October 2008, but as far as I know, it was not yet resolved when this book was completed, on October 13 2008.

In Sweden, you risk your job if you are a pro-Israeli, pro-American conservative or an “Islamophobe,” but ridiculing Christianity or supporting Islamic terrorist organizations is OK; it may even enhance your career prospects. Criticizing Multiculturalism and mass immigration will not only make you lose your job (there have been several cases of this), but could make you a victim of physical attacks, perhaps in your private home.

At the same time as Eriksson’s case was scheduled for court, Swedish Academy supremo Horace Engdahl denounced the “ignorance” of authors from the United States and claimed that the reason why not many Nobel Prizes for Literature are awarded to Americans is that Europeans are more open-minded. Americans “don’t really participate in the big dialogue” of ideas. Which dialogue is he referring to? The only dialogue self-appointed intellectuals in his country are interested in is with hardline Marxists, Islamic Jihadists and others who believe Western civilization is evil and should be destroyed.

When Andreas Malm wrote about the “Islamophobia” of Bruce Bawer, Bat Ye’or and Canadian writer Mark Steyn, he was echoing an article written by Expo. In late 2007 Expo released the publication [ pdf, in Swedish] “The war against Islam,” in which they worried about an increasing trend towards “organized Islamophobia” in the West. They specifically singled out the Brussels anti-Jihad conference of October 2007 for attention, and compared criticism of Communism, which has killed perhaps one hundred million people, to criticism of Islam. Expo’s founder Stieg Larsson was pro-Communist and met his future wife during a support meeting for the pro-Communist National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam.

As we speak, Muslims are driving Christians out of the birthplace of Jesus Christ, Bethlehem, but Western media choose to blame this on the Jewish state of Israel, a fellow victim of Jihad. The Christian population has dwindled from more than 85 per cent in 1948 to 12 per cent of its inhabitants in 2006. The few remaining non-Muslim communities in the Middle East are being systematically eradicated. Overall, the Middle Eastern Christian population has dropped from 20 percent in 1900 to less than 2 percent today, and is declining by the day. Why do “anti-racists” hardly write a single word about global Muslim infidelophobia when they are so concerned about Islamophobia?

On the International Women’s Day, March 8 2008, the columnist Marte Michelet in left-wing Multicultural Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet attacked “brown” Feminists. And no, by that she did not mean Feminists with a dark skin, but those championing “Fascist,” racist and Islamophobic forces, which she took to mean virtually the same thing. One of them would be Hege Storhaug from the organization Human Rights Service, who has worked for the rights of immigrant women. After Ms. Michelet got many angry responses from readers who are fed-up with Islam, she wrote another article arguing that “Islamophobia is the most dangerous ideology of our time” and referred to Expo’s work in Sweden. According to her, “The amateur historian Bat Ye’or [is] the author of the Islamophobic Bible, the book Eurabia, which warns of a Muslim conspiracy against Europe. The book is probably as trustworthy as the anti-Semitic idea of the Jewish conspiracy ZOG.”

Columnist Marte Michelet is the daughter of the Communist writer Jon Michelet and was until 1998 the leader of the Red Youth, the country’s “revolutionary youth league.” For my part, I find it very interesting how many Marxist Feminists, who have for generations worked to break down Christianity and the nuclear family in the West, now passionately embrace Islam, the most repressive religion on earth. Marxists do not care about “women’s liberty.” They do not care about anybody’s liberty. They support anything that can destabilize the West. The fact that a newspaper that has been at the forefront of radical Feminism for generations now suddenly warns against “Islamophobia” and “prejudice” against the world’s most anti-female religion is highly revealing.

Ethnologist Maria Bäckman, in her study “Whiteness and gender,” has followed a group of Swedish girls in the suburb of Rinkeby outside Stockholm, where natives have been turned into a minority of the inhabitants due to immigration. The subjects “may encounter prejudices such as the idea that Swedish girls act and dress in a sexually provocative way or that blonde girls are easy.” Bäckman relates that several of the Swedish girls she interviewed stated that they had dyed their hair to avoid sexual harassment. They experienced that being blonde involves old men staring at you, cars honking their horns and boys calling you “whore.”

A report from organization Save the Children told that Swedish girls are scared of being raped, a possibility that appears very real to them. A survey carried out among ninth-grade boys in the immigrant-dominated suburb of Rinkeby showed that in the last year, 17% of the boys had forced someone to have sex, 31% had hurt someone so badly that the victim required medical care, and 24% had committed burglary or broken into a car. Sensational statistics, but they appear to have been published only in a daily newssheet that is distributed free on the subways.

“It is not as wrong raping a Swedish girl as raping an Arab girl,” says Hamid, in an interview about a gang rape involving a Swedish girl and immigrant perps. “The Swedish girl gets a lot of help afterwards, and she had probably f**ked before, anyway. But the Arab girl will get problems with her family. For her, being raped is a source of shame. It is important that she retains her virginity….It is far too easy to get a Swedish whore…girl, I mean;” says Hamid, and laughs over his own choice of words. “I don’t have too much respect for Swedish girls. I guess you can say they get f**ked to pieces.”

In an article from June 2007 with the title “Summertime — rape time,” Aftonbladet, one of the largest dailies in Scandinavia, linked the spike in rapes during the summer to the warm weather. The official number of rape charges in Sweden has more than quadrupled during one generation, even more for girls under the age of 15. If this is due to the warm weather, I suppose the Scandinavian rape wave is caused by global warming? The fact that a greatly disproportionate number of the suspects have an immigrant background according to statistics from neighboring Norway and Denmark is purely coincidental, no doubt.

According to journalist Karen Jespersen, Helle Klein, the political editor-in-chief of Aftonbladet from 2001 to 2007 and a former leading member of the Social Democratic Youth League, has stated that “If the debate is [about] that there are problems caused by refugees and immigrants, we don’t want it.” Opinion polls have revealed that two out of three Swedes doubt whether Islam can be combined with Swedish society, yet not one party in parliament has been genuinely critical of the immigration policies.

The rape numbers are being heavily manipulated by the authorities and the media, who claim that the massive increase in rapes is caused by:

A.   The warm weather
B.   Alcohol,
C.   Internet dating sites, and
D.   A technical increase due to the fact that women suddenly report rape more frequently than before.

These are the explanations that are mentioned. There is no other. Suggesting that it has 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 because he “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 a too provocative manner.

In September 2008, while an anti-Islamization demonstration was interrupted in Germany, clashes between police and demonstrators broke out as Malmö played host to the European Social Forum, with assorted groups of international left-wingers. Rocks were thrown at the police, windows were broken and a woman was raped as 800 people demonstrated against climate change. One group of Leftist blackhoods carried a banner with the inscription: Yes we are dreamers, Yes we believe in socialism, But we are more numerous than you think, and we have weapons. AFA Youth Malmö (AFA=Antifascistisk Aktion). This is a group which has assaulted critics of immigration for years, even judges and public officials, yet they can demonstrate openly in the streets and brag about how well armed they are. That doesn’t mean that free speech doesn’t have its limits. It clearly does.

Dahn Pettersson, a local politician, has been fined 18,000 kronor for writing that 95 percent of all heroin brought in comes via Albanians from Kosovo. “It is never ethnic groups that commit crimes. It is individuals or groups of individuals,” prosecutor Mats Svensson told the court, which found Pettersson guilty of “Agitation Against a Minority Group.” Svante Nycander, former editor of daily Dagens Nyheter, stated that “the ruling in Malmö District Court is damaging to freedom of expression. Many will take it as proof that the authorities are afraid of uncomfortable truths, and that lacking reasoned counter-arguments they punish those who speak plainly.” In Sweden, saying that Muslim Albanians are behind much of the drug traffic in Europe (a fact) is a crime. Making derogatory statements about the native population, however, is just fine.

Feriz and Pajtim, members of the group Gangsta Albanian Thug Unit in Malmö, explain to a journalist how they mug people downtown. They target a lone victim. “We surround him and beat and kick him until he no longer fights back,” Feriz says. They are always many more people than their victims. Isn’t this cowardly? “I have heard that from many, but I disagree. The whole point is that they’re not supposed to have a chance.” They don’t express any sympathy for their victims. “If they get injured, they just have themselves to blame for being weak,” says Pajtim and shrugs. “Many of us took part in gangs which fought against the Serbs in Kosovo. We have violence in our blood.” They blame the politicians for why they are mugging, stating that they are bored. If the state could provide them with something to do, maybe they would stop attacking people. But is a lack of leisure pursuits the only reason why they assault people? “No, it’s good fun as well,” says Feriz.

The wave of robberies the city of Malmö has experienced is part of a “war against Swedes.” This is the explanation given by young robbers from an immigrant background in interviews conducted by sociologist Petra Åkesson: “When we are in the city and robbing we are waging a war, waging a war against the Swedes. Power for me means that the Swedes shall look at me, lie down on the ground and kiss my feet. We rob every single day, as often as we want to, whenever we want to.”

Swedish authorities have virtually done nothing to stop this. On the contrary, they continue the policies that created these problems and ban opposition to this as “racism.” Sweden has absolutely no public debate about mass immigration, yet the natives are victims of an unprecedented wave of violence. While this is going on, the number one priority for the political class is demonizing neighboring Denmark for its “brutal” and “xenophobic” debate about immigration. During the immigrant riots in France in 2005, the Social Democratic Prime Minister Göran Persson criticized the way the French handled the unrest: “It feels like a very hard and confrontational approach.” He rejected the idea of more local police in Sweden. “To start sending out signals about strengthening the police is to break with the political line we have chosen to follow,” he said.

Police officers in 2007 protested against a new uniform designed to make them appear less aggressive by replacing boots with shoes, making guns less visible and changing the shirts to a softer, gentler color. Jan Karlsen from the Swedish Police Union warns that the underfunded police force will not be able to keep up with organized crime and rising levels of ethnic tensions for much longer. Meanwhile, Sweden has all but abolished its armed forces. According to Professor Wilhelm Agrell, Sweden now has a security policy based on the assumption that national territorial defense is no longer needed. The few soldiers they do have are stationed in faraway places.

Don’t Swedes pay famously high tax rates? Yes, they do. But tens of billions of kroner are spent on propping up rapidly growing communities of immigrants. Sweden has become the entire world’s welfare office and its celebrated welfare state the world’s largest pyramid scheme, an Enron with a national flag. The Danish People’s Party have suggested that Denmark should limit the right to settle in other Nordic countries and claim benefits because they fear that the Swedish welfare state could break down due to immigration, triggering a flood of welfare tourists to neighboring countries. “Sweden will have to make dramatic cuts in social security benefits unless they want their welfare system to come crashing down,” says Søren Espersen from the DPP.

In the New York Times May 10, 2006, Alan Cowell wrote an article from Sweden entitled “An Economy With Safety Features, Sort of Like a Volvo.” In all fairness, Mr. Cowell does mention potential problems, not the least that massive immigration is rapidly changing what was once a very ethnically homogeneous nation state. Still, he concludes that “the economy prospers — even though taxes here remain high and big government administers cradle-to-grave social programs that absorb more than half of the national output” and that “compared with some other parts of Europe, there is still some optimism here.”

This is sloppy journalism. Cowell states that “Sweden’s official unemployment rate of 4.8 percent, many economists say, is distorted by the omission of people in government-financed retraining programs. The labor unions calculate the real figure at closer to 8 percent.” In fact, some Swedes have suggested that true unemployment was more in the ballpark of 20-25%. In June 2006, think tank McKinsey Global Institute claimed that Sweden’s real unemployment rate was 15 percent, and that “If nothing else changes, the resulting increase in welfare costs would become too large to finance through the current tax system in only 10 to 20 years.”

500,000 people are on early retirement, 68,000 of whom are between the ages of 20 and 40. “If the sick-leave levels in Sweden really were an indicator of how sick we are, we would be facing a plague here,” as one commentator put it. Johnny Munkhammar of free market think-tank Timbro thinks the Scandinavian model is not all it’s cracked up to be. Sweden had the second highest growth rate in the world from 1890 to 1950, but since the tax rate later rose drastically it has fallen behind. It was the fourth richest country per capita in the world in 1970 whereas now it is number 14, and falling.

More immigrants should be allowed in to safeguard the welfare system, said finance minister Pär Nuder in 2005. However, unofficial estimates indicate that immigration costs at least 40 to 50 billion Swedish kroner every year, probably much more. A cost of 225 billion kroner in 2004, which is a high but not impossible estimate, would equal 17.5% of the tax income in a country where the overall tax burden between 1990 and 2005 on average was 61%. Exact numbers are impossible to come by, as the authorities refuse to make such calculations out of fear that it would contribute to “racism and xenophobia.”

Parallel with mass immigration from Third World countries, more people are leaving Sweden than at any time since the late 19th century. This trend is similar to that of the Netherlands, Germany, Britain and other countries where well-educated natives leave while they are being displaced by immigrants from developing countries. This policy of population replacement clearly cannot be economically beneficial to the countries in question. It is difficult to see any other logic behind this policy than a desire to crush existing Western nation states by all means necessary. In the 19th century Swedes left because of poverty. In the 21st they leave because their country is systematically being taken away from them by their own authorities.

Doesn’t this mean that the Swedish state and its elites are indirectly responsible for driving their own people away from their homes? I think it does, and I think future generations will view this policy as an example of pure evil. I also think they will find it difficult to understand how those who are vilified could in this case be the majority population, not a minority. There are several reasons for this, but I find it hard to believe whether this would have been possible without the incessant demonization of people of European origins and their culture that has become an established part of the mainstream ideology in many countries.

An unofficial survey among 52 Swedish municipalities indicated that at least 114 cases of arson against schools were registered within the first half of 2006, but accurate numbers were hard to come by. At least 139 schools suffered attempted arson during 2002 alone. Firefighter Björn Vinberg from the Malmö area says it is degrading to put out fires again and again in the same immigrant areas, with school kids laughing at them and lighting a new one just afterwards. No doubt, this must be a protest against the institutionalized and pervasive racism in Swedish society. By 2008, firefighters in Malmö demand police escorts on calls. They have had enough of threats in some of the city’s rougher areas. The firemen were attacked twice in a week during calls to the Muslim-dominated Rosengård suburb. In one case a “youth” pelted a fireman with stones, while another was attacked by a barrage of raw eggs. None of this has discouraged the political elites from continuing mass immigration, however.

Writer Nima Sanandaji states that “The Social Democratic party has started fishing for votes with the help of radical Muslims clergies.” They have been working with the influential Muslim leader Mahmoud Aldebe, president of Sweden’s Muslim Association, which is widely believed to be inspired by the Muslim Brotherhood. In 1999 Aldebe proposed that sharia should be introduced in Sweden. The Social Democrat Ola Johansson has referred to the book Social Justice in Islam by Muslim Brotherhood member and influential Jihadist ideologue Sayyid Qutb as proof that Socialist ideology can find common ground with Islamic ideas. After the elections in 2002, the Muslim Association sent a congratulation letter to the re-elected Social Democratic Prime Minister Göran Persson, hoping that his party would work for implementing some of their sharia demands in the future.

In 2006, the Muslim Association demanded in a letter, signed by its leader Aldebe, separate family laws regulating marriage and divorce, public schools with imams teaching homogeneous classes of Muslim children their religion and the language of their original homeland, and a “mosque in every municipality to be built through interest-free loans made available by the local municipalities.” This to demonstrate “Islam’s right to exist in Sweden” and to “heighten the status of and respect towards Muslims.” The demands were rejected by the Social Democrats then, but we shouldn’t be surprised if we see calls for the use of sharia in family matters by this “feminist” party. The British Labour Party has already accepted this.

In 2007 Broderskapsrörelsen (“The Brotherhood”), an organization of Christian members of the Social Democratic Party, decided to establish a network for cooperation with people of other faiths, which largely seemed to mean Muslims. The Social Democrats narrowly lost the elections in 2006 and appear to have decided that the way to regain and maintain power is to import voters; a strategy adopted by many of their sister parties in Western Europe.

According to journalist Salam Karam, “For the Muslim Brotherhood, Sweden is in many ways an ideal country, [and it] shares the ideals of the Social Democrats in their view of the welfare society. Leading figures in Muslim congregations are also active within the Social Democratic [Party], and have very good relations with Sweden’s Christian Social Democrats — Broderskapsrörelsen. The Social Democrats have, in turn, and perhaps as thanks for the support they receive from the mosque leadership, shown a tendency to shy away from the fact that there is extremism in some of our mosques. This has given the Muslim Brotherhood the freedom to force its ideology upon [the mosque’s worshippers].”

The Swedish Social Democrats were pro-Fascist and pro-Nazi during the 1930s and 40s, appeased the Communists during the Cold War and cooperate with radical Islamic organizations today. They have consistently supported or appeased some of the worst societies and ideologies in human history. Yet they are the good guys, the poster boys of the political Left throughout the world.

Why do they get away with this? How come Socialists can ally themselves openly with some of the most violent and repressive movements on earth and still manage to portray themselves as beacons of goodness? I am tempted to agree with former Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky: The West didn’t win the Cold War, at least not as decisively as we should have done. The belief-system we were up against has been allowed to mutate and regain some of its former strength. We haven’t defeated Socialism (or Multiculturalism) until we stage a Nuremberg trial and demonstrate clearly that the suffering, repression and massacres by regimes from Vietnam via the Ukraine to the Baltic were a direct result of Socialist doctrines.

Many former Marxists have become passionate Multiculturalists, so much so that we need to analyze what these doctrines have in common. How come so many white Marxists are aggressively hostile to their own civilization and almost seem to derive pleasure from the idea of wiping out their own people? Is Globalist Multiculturalism on some level a replacement Communism or is it in fact a direct continuation of Communism? In traditional Communism the “oppressive class” should be forced out of power, stripped of their assets and perhaps physically eliminated. If we assume that whites, and by that I mean people of European stock, are seen collectively as the “global oppressive class” who uphold the capitalist system and prevent a just world order, breaking down whites becomes the road to implement equality. Perhaps if traditional Communism put its emphasis on economic differences, this new form of Communism puts emphasis on breaking down cultural and genetic differences in order to achieve global equality. It could thus be thought of as cultural and genetic Communism.

If we assume that the ideology of Globalist Multiculturalism has totalitarian tendencies, we should remember that totalitarian ideologies usually have a Villain Class, a group of evil oppressors that can be blamed for all the ills of society. If the ruling ideology falls somewhat short of producing the Perfect Society it has promised, this will be followed by even more passionate attacks on the Villain Class, be that the Jews, the capitalists, the bourgeoisie, etc. The Villain Class of Multiculturalism seems to be European culture and persons who happen to be born with a white skin. Any problems will automatically be blamed on “white racism.” One of the hallmarks of a Villain Class is that its members can be verbally or even physically abused with impunity. The Villain Class is subject to public scorn and has de facto or de jure less legal protection than other groups.

The radical feminist Joanna Rytel wrote an article called “I Will Never Give Birth to a White Man,” for the Swedish daily Aftonbladet, stating things such as “no white men, please… I just puke on them.” After receiving a complaint because of this, Swedish state prosecutor Göran Lambertz explained why this didn’t qualify as racism: “The purpose behind the law against incitement of ethnic hatred was to ensure legal protection for minority groups of different compositions and followers of different religions. Cases where people express themselves in a critical or derogatory way about men of ethnic Swedish background were not intended to be included in this law.”

In 2006, Chancellor of Justice Göran Lambertz discontinued his preliminary investigation regarding anti-Semitism at the great mosque in Stockholm. He wrote that “the lecture at hand contains statements that are strongly degrading to Jews, among other things, they are throughout called brothers of apes and pigs.” Furthermore a curse is expressed over the Jews and “Jihad is called for, to kill the Jews, whereby suicide bombers — celebrated as martyrs — are the most effective weapon.” Lambertz thought that the “recently mentioned statements in spite of their contents are not to be considered incitement against an ethnic group according to Swedish law.” His conclusions were that the preliminary investigation should be discontinued because this incitement against Jews could be said to originate from the Middle East conflict.

It is illegal to suggest that certain groups are worse than others. If you criticize oppression of women, you should be careful to state that all men are equally bad and that Western men are at least as bad as Muslim men. The Marxist politician (from the “reformed” Communists) Gudrun Schyman in a 2002 speech posited that Swedish men were just like the extremely brutal Islamic Taliban regime. A male columnist in newspaper Aftonbladet immediately agreed with her: Yes, Western men are like the Taliban.

A note to Ms. Schyman: A feminist culture will eventually be squashed because the men have either become too demoralized and weakened to protect their women, or because they have become fed-up with incessant ridicule. If Western men are pigs and “just like the Taliban” no matter what we do, why bother? Western women will then be squashed by more aggressive men from other cultures (whom women often voted to let in because of their “kind and compassionate” Socialist sympathies), which is exactly what is happening in Western Europe now. The irony is that when women launched the Second Wave of Feminism in the 1960s and 70s, they were reasonably safe and, in my view, not very oppressed. When the long-term effects of feminism finally set in, Western women may very well end up being genuinely oppressed under the boot of Islam. Radical feminism thus leads to oppression of women.

In 2005, a TV program which caused some stir quoted Irene von Wachenfeldt, chairwoman of ROKS, The National Organization for Women’s Shelters, as saying: “…when war breaks out, it is fully ok to use violence openly. I sometimes say that we are involved in a civil world war, a gender war. Men are animals.” In the organization’s magazine, the extreme feminist Valeria Solana was hailed in a review. She writes in her manifesto: “To call a man an animal is to flatter him: He is a machine, a walking dildo, a biological mishap.” In the TV documentary, Irene von Wachenfelt was asked whether she agreed with Solana, and she did. ROKS has received millions in public funding.

In Sweden, you cannot say that certain ethnic groups are more involved in crime than others. That’s hateful and banned by law. But you can say that all men are animals, and you will get state support for doing so. You can also belittle the traditional culture of the natives. This is not just allowed but encouraged. As mentioned before, the “conservative” Prime Minister Reinfeldt has stated that the native culture was merely barbarism and that everything good has been imported from abroad. Had a public figure said something similar about the culture of an immigrant group, he or she would have had to resign immediately and most likely would have faced a trial for hate speech and racism.

Jonathan Friedman, an American Jew living in Sweden, mentions that the so-called Integration Act from 1997, two years after Sweden joined the European Union, proclaimed that “Sweden is a Multicultural society.” The Act implicitly states that Sweden doesn’t have a history, only the various ethnic groups that live there now. Native Swedes have formally been reduced to just another ethnic group, with no more claims to the country than the Iraqis who arrived there last Thursday. As Friedman puts it, “it’s almost as if the state has sided with the immigrants against the Swedish working class.”

Exit Folkhemssverige – En samhällsmodells sönderfall“ (Exit the People’s Home of Sweden — The Downfall of a Model of Society) is a book from 2005 about immigration and the welfare state model called “the people’s home,” written by Jonathan Friedman, Ingrid Björkman, Jan Elfverson and Åke Wedin. According to them, the Multicultural elites see themselves first of all as citizens of the world. In order to emphasize and accentuate “diversity,” everything associated with the native culture is deliberately disparaged. Opposition to this is considered racism: “The dominant ideology in Sweden, which has been made dominant by powerful methods of silencing and repression, is a totalitarian ideology, where the elites oppose the national aspect of the nation state. The problem is that the ethnic group that are described as Swedes implicitly are considered to be nationalists, and thereby are viewed as racists.”

Jens Orback, Minister for Democracy, Metropolitan Affairs, Integration and Gender Equality from the Social Democratic Party said during a debate in Swedish radio in 2004 that “We must be open and tolerant towards Islam and Muslims because when we become a minority, they will be so towards us.”

This was a government which knew perfectly well that their people risked becoming a minority in their own country, yet did nothing to stop this. On the contrary: Pierre Schori, Minister for Immigration, during a parliamentary debate in 1997 said that: “Racism and xenophobia should be banned and chased [away],” and that one should not accept “excuses, such as that there were flaws in the immigration and refugee policies.”

In other words: It should be viewed as a crime for the native white population not to assist in wiping themselves out from the lands where their ancestors have lived since prehistoric times. The state is turned into a committed enemy of the very people it was supposed to serve and protect. Swedes pay some of the highest tax rates in the world, and for this they get runaway crime rates and a government that is actively hostile to their interests.

Mona Sahlin has held various posts in Social Democratic cabinets, among others as Minister for Democracy, Integration and Gender Equality. Sahlin has said that many Swedes are envious of immigrants because they, unlike the Swedes, have a culture, a history, something which ties them together. Notice how Swedish authorities first formally state that Swedes don’t have a history or culture, and then proceed to lament the fact that Swedes don’t have a history or culture. A neat trick: First you break down the traditional values of your nation; then you proclaim that it needs to import values from abroad because it doesn’t have any.

Sahlin has stated that “If two equally qualified persons apply for a job at a workplace with few immigrants, the one called Muhammad should get the job….It should be considered an asset to have an ethnic background different from the Swedish one.” This is another way of saying that the natives according to Multicultural doctrines are second-rate citizens of their own country. In 2004 she was quoted as saying that “A concerted effort that aims at educating Swedes that immigrants are a blessing to their country must be pursued,” stressing that her compatriots must accept that society is Multicultural. “Like it or not, this is the new Sweden.” Mona Sahlin was elected leader of the Social Democratic Party in 2007.

Only a week after members of Antifascistisk Action (AFA) harassed a Swedish judge and vandalized his house, AFA members demonstrated alongside the Swedish police, the Swedish government and the Swedish media establishment during Pride Week, Stockholm’s annual gay celebration, in August 2007. At the very end of the Pride Parade marched a group of black-clothed and masked blackhood or blackshirt representatives of AFA, ready to beat up anybody deemed to be insufficiently tolerant (they did hospitalize at least one person that day, according to their website). Adjacent to them marched a number of policemen, including members of the Swedish Gay Police organization.

According to journalist Kurt Lundgren, Mona Sahlin, expected to become Prime Minister in the future, was a participant in the Pride Festival in 2007 where she was graduated, after several questions about orgasms, to the F**king Medal Award. Has she given some thought to what effect this will have in a country with exploding rape statistics ? According to the leading blogger Dick Erixon, the number of reported rapes in Sweden is now three times as high as in New York City. NYC has roughly the same number of inhabitants but it is a metropolis, whereas Sweden is a country with mostly rural areas and villages. Swedish girls are called “whores” on a regular basis and are increasingly scared to go outside, yet the nation’s arguably most powerful woman takes the F**king Medal Award. How will this be perceived?

Moreover, how will these views on “sexual liberation” be reconciled with her party’s cozy relationship with groups affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, since several of its international leaders have indicated that gays should be killed? Top Brotherhood cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi discussed at the Arabic satellite channel al-Jazeera various punishments he said were appropriate for homosexuality, including being thrown from heights or burnings: “Some say we should burn them, and so on. There is disagreement.” Mona Sahlin thinks that the right-wing opposition party the Sweden Democrats are “a misogynistic” party. I suppose the Muslim Brotherhood isn’t? What about her party’s immigration policies, gang rapes of native girls and honor killings of immigrant girls? The Swedish Church has announced that it will allow gay couples to marry in church. Will the Social Democrats make sure that gay couples will be allowed to marry in mosques controlled by the MB? More interestingly, will the left-wing extremists of AFA attack them for homophobia if they refuse?

Kurt Lundgren in May 2007 had a noteworthy story on his blog. Lundgren reported about a magazine aimed at preschool teachers who take care of children between the ages of 0-6 years old. It included recommendations to promote “gender equality” and “sexual equality.” He said that in a kindergarten in Stockholm, parents were encouraged by the preschool teachers to equip their sons with dresses and female first names. There are now weeks in some places when boys HAVE TO wear a dress. Lundgren considers this sexual indoctrination to be worse than political propaganda:

“To give sex education to preschool children, to force them to have an opinion on gay sex and queer (lesbians, transsexuals, bisexuality, fetishism, cross over, sex change etc.) I regard as abuse of children.…Little children, we are talking about three to six-year-olds here, cannot in the preschool protect themselves from these sexual assaults. Their parents are not there, the children are totally left to themselves.”

One comment left by a blog reader stated: “My 13-year-old son had ‘equality day’ [in school] and had to listen to a transvestite. I have myself never encountered or talked to one during my considerably longer life. Why is this important? Today’s children know nothing about the crimes of Communism, but everything about the sexual orientation of transvestites.”

This is quite literally true. A poll carried out on behalf of the Organization for Information on Communism found that 90 percent of Swedes between the ages of 15 and 20 had never heard of the Gulag, although 95 percent knew of Auschwitz. “Unfortunately we were not at all surprised by the findings,” Ander Hjemdahl, the founder of UOK, told website The Local. In the nationwide poll, 43 percent believed that Communist regimes had claimed less than one million lives. The actual figure is estimated at around 100 million. 40 percent believed that Communism had contributed to increased prosperity in the world. Mr. Hjemdahl states several reasons for this massive ignorance, among them that “a large majority of Swedish journalists are left-wingers, many of them quite far left.”

In Norway, a specialist in early childhood education stirred debate by supporting “sexual games” for children of pre-school age. Family therapist Jesper Juul conceded that “many are disturbed by children’s sexuality, but I think it’s important to put it on the agenda.” Most Norwegians send their children to kindergartens before they begin school at age six, and many average citizens were shocked by this. “I thought at first that this was a joke,” said Karin Ståhl Woldseth, a spokesman for the right-wing Progress Party. “Children don’t need more exposure to this in kindergartens. We think it will damage their health.” Child psychologist Thore Langfeldt in an interview publicly admitted that sex games were encouraged by those who fear that people could become infected by the ideas of conservative groups and therefore want to make children immune from Christian morality as early as possible.

I do not believe sex in itself is sinful or bad. However, being civilized means precisely that you learn to control your urges and natural impulses, sexual, violent or otherwise. Moreover, sex in this situation isn’t “natural;” it is specifically used for destructive ideological purposes. This sexualization of childhood is increasingly prevalent all over the Western world.

The Frankfurt school of cultural Marxism, with such thinkers as Antonio Gramsci and Georg Lukacs, aimed at overthrowing capitalist rule by undermining the hegemonic culture. According to Gramsci, the Socialist revolution, which failed to spread following the Russian Revolution in 1917, could never take place until people were liberated from Western culture, and particularly from their “Christian soul.” As Lukacs said in 1919, “Who will save us from Western Civilization?” This could be done through breaking down traditional Christian morality and family patterns and undermining the established culture from within by a long march through the institutions. In 2008, we can see that this strategy has been successful in Western media and academia, which are not only lukewarm in defending our civilization but in many cases actively side with our enemies. The irony is that most Westerners have never heard of Gramsci, yet ideas similar to his have had a huge impact on their lives.

Mona Sahlin, leader of the Social Democratic Party, confirmed in early October 2008 that her party and the Greens want to form a coalition government in 2010. What kind of policy will such a government follow? Miljöpartiet de Gröna, the Swedish Green Party, state on their official website that the education system should start working for “gender equality” at an early age; children need counterweights to the gender roles which girls and boys are raised into. Therefore teachers and personnel in child care services must finish an education in equality before they are given their exams. They also want to abolish grades in schools.

The Green Party favor ideological Globalism in its purest form. They want a “world citizenship” to replace the national citizenship, totally free migration on a global basis, global taxes and a strengthened United Nations to ensure a just world order. Their political program is so radical that I almost wish I had time to translate it all into English, just to document it:

“We do not believe in artificial borders. We have a vision of unrestricted immigration and emigration, where people have the right to live and work wherever they please….We want Sweden to become an international role model by producing a plan to implement unrestricted immigration.”

They have a strong focus on anti-discrimination and racism, and desire harsh and swift penalties for “discrimination” yet soft penalties for many other crimes. They want “religiously neutral” holidays (no Christmas or Easter) and education against racism and discrimination to be taught in schools. No “bigotry” against any group of people (except whites presumably, and white men in particular) will be allowed, and all forms of bigotry should be banned by law regardless of where it is voiced. Among the forms of racism they specify should be aggressively stamped out is “Islamophobia.” However, they understand that racism cannot be totally stamped out until we have dismantled the “racist world order” and replaced it with a just world order where none suffer and the poor are no longer exploited.

The Swedish Green Party state explicitly that the concepts male and female are “socially constructed” and forced upon all human beings. In order to reach the new world order, it is paramount that all such artificial identities are broken down. This should be facilitated by the education system and specially trained teachers. They believe that “all human beings” should be free to choose whatever name they desire. By this they appear to mean “gender” as well. They want everything to be “gender neutral,” not only marriage ceremonies but identity cards.

I assume this means that I should be able to choose a female name on my identity card and that the state is oppressing me if it doesn’t allow this. Since employing artificial categories such as “male” and “female” contributes to upholding the exploitative world order of poverty and global warming, one must assume that children will starve in the Sudan if I cannot call myself “Mary” or “Christine” on my driver’s license. After all, I may have a penis, but it’s a socially constructed penis and it contributes to an unjust capitalist system.

Just for the record: In 2007, protests from female soldiers led to the Swedish military removing the penis of a heraldic lion depicted on the Nordic Battlegroup’s coat of arms. The armed forces agreed to emasculate the lion after a group of women from the rapid reaction force lodged a complaint to the European Court of Justice. This is obviously funny, but the serious side to this is how women are trying to castrate their own men, in this case literally, at the same time as their country has one of the highest rape frequencies of any Western country. This is caused by Multiculturalism and runaway immigration, both policies which are disproportionally supported by female voters. So the femininization of society supported by the feminists makes women less safe, not more. The same can be said of all Western nations.

And no, not all differences between men and women are “socially constructed.” Professor Helmuth Nyborg at Aarhus University in Denmark did research which revealed that there are differences between the sexes when it comes to intelligence. This triggered massive resistance. According to him, “Within the realms of psychology you are not allowed to talk about intelligence. You cannot measure intelligence and you cannot rank people according to intelligence. The entire field of intelligence is a so-called ‘no-go-area.’“ If you still choose to proceed, you are a bad person. If you look at differences between groups of people, you are viewed as immoral and plain evil.

According to Professor Annica Dahlstrom, an expert in neuroscience, men are found at the extremes of high and low intelligence. Although female geniuses do exist, they are much less frequent than male ones. She believes children should be left primarily in the care of their mother during their first years of living. The feminist establishment in Sweden claims that she has misused her position as a scientist to reinforce gender stereotypes. As Dahlström says, “The difference between boys and girls, in terms of their biology and brain, is greater than we could ever have imagined.” Differences between the sexes emerge in fetuses and are clearly recognizable at the age of three. The centers of the brain dealing with verbal communication, the interpretation of facial expressions and body language are more developed in girls even at this early age. Forcing boys to behave like girls are vice versa is unnatural and will inevitably hurt them. Such a policy could even be viewed as “mental abuse” of children in her view. Yet this is exactly what is happening, and sometimes with government support.

The British historian Roland Huntford wrote a book in the early 1970s about Sweden called The New Totalitarians. He noted how equality between the sexes was aggressively promoted from the late 1960s and early 70s. This was closely linked to a campaign for sexual liberation:

“Indeed, the word ‘freedom’ in Swedish has come to mean almost exclusively sexual freedom, product perhaps of an unadmitted realization that it is absent, or unwanted, elsewhere. Through sex instruction at school for the young, and incessant propaganda in the mass media for the older generations, most of Sweden has been taught to believe that freedom has been achieved through sex. Because he is sexually emancipated, the Swede believes that he is a free man, and judges liberty entirely in sexual terms.…The Swedish government has taken what it is pleased to call ‘the sexual revolution’ under its wing. Children are impressed at school that sexual emancipation is their birthright, and this is done in such a way as to suggest that the State is offering them their liberty from old-fashioned restrictions.”

By old-fashioned restrictions, read Christian morality. Huntford noted that this came together with efforts to downplay or attack Western culture prior to the French Revolution. As Mr. Olof Palme, who was Swedish Socialist Prime Minister from the late 1960s until 1986, said: “The Renaissance So-called? Western culture? What does it mean to us?”

The teaching of history was severely curtailed in Swedish schools because it was “impractical.” Religion, and Christianity in particular, was presented as superstition designed to fool the masses, who had been liberated from this ancient oppression by the labor movement. As he noted, “Scrapping historical knowledge deprives pupils of the instrument for criticizing society here and now. And perhaps that is the intended effect.”

“The State,” in the words of Ingvar Carlsson, then Minister of Education, “is concerned with morality from a desire to change society.” Mr. Carlsson, who was Swedish Prime Minister as late as 1996, also stated that “School is the spearhead of Socialism” and that it “teaches people to respect the consensus, and not to sabotage it.”

“We have no ethical standards in education, and no rules for sexual behaviour,” in the words of Dr Gösta Rodhe, the then head of the department of sexual education in the Directorate of Schools, and thus in some ways the executive officer of government sexual policy. “You see, since there’s a lack of tension in Swedish politics, younger people have got to find release and excitement in sexual tension instead.”

Mr. Huntford ended his book with a warning that this system of soft-totalitarianism could be exported to other countries. This was in the early 1970s, and he has been proven right since:

“The Swedes have demonstrated how present techniques can be applied in ideal conditions. Sweden is a control experiment on an isolated and sterilized subject. Pioneers in the new totalitarianism, the Swedes are a warning of what probably lies in store for the rest of us, unless we take care to resist control and centralization, and unless we remember that politics are not to be delegated, but are the concern of the individual. The new totalitarians, dealing in persuasion and manipulation, must be more efficient than the old, who depended upon force.”

For my own part, I find it interesting that the same people who in the 60s and 70s broke up the traditional family structure in Western countries and warned people against the dangers of overpopulation, telling people to lower their birth rates, came back a few years later and said that we had to import millions of immigrants because we have such low birth rates.

“As political and economic freedom diminishes” said Aldous Huxley in Brave New World, “sexual freedom tends compensatingly to increase.” This fits perfectly with Huntford’s description. The state strips away your personal, economic and political freedom, yet grants you sexual freedom in return, boldly hailing itself as your liberator. Sweden in 2008 is a society with no real freedom of speech if you deviate from the ruling ideology. The more crushing ideological censorship and political repression become, the more frantic the displays of “sexual freedom” get. Sex is freedom; freedom means sex, and only sex.

State authorities present this as liberation of women and sexual liberation, but it is actually about breaking down rival sources of power: The traditional Christian culture and the nuclear family. This leaves the state more powerful since it can regulate all aspects of life and, most importantly, can indoctrinate the nation’s children as it sees fit, without undue parental interference. The state replaces your family, raises your children and cares for your elderly.

The social engineers have discovered that despite decades of state-sponsored gender equality propaganda, boys and girls still behave differently. Instead of concluding that maybe there are innate differences between the sexes, they have decided to indoctrinate children more thoroughly, starting at an even earlier age, to eradicate “gender differences.”

The Swedish Consumers Association reacted angrily to a star-shaped, pink ice-cream because it represented gender-profiling. “Girlie, GB’s new ice pop, is pink and has make-up inside the stick. It says a lot about what GB thinks about girls and how they should be,” the association said in a statement. Sweden does not need more products that reinforce existing prejudices about sex roles, so they asked the producer to make the product less gender specific. A bus driver in the increasingly Muslim-dominated town of Malmö was fired from his job following revelations that he stopped a woman from boarding his bus because she was wearing full Islamic face-covering, which made her hard to identify. In Sweden, it is unacceptable if girls are presented with pink ice-creams because this reinforces “gender stereotypes,” but the burka is just fine.

Meanwhile, the country is in the midst of the most explosive rape wave in recent history, largely caused by immigration. While Swedish girls are called “whores” by immigrants, Swedish boys are told to be as “gender neutral” as possible. Traditionally, a nation has been defended by masculine men who take pride in their heritage. By removing cultural pride and any sense of masculinity among native men, the country is rendered effectively defenseless. And maybe that was the intention?

In Western Europe, great emphasis is placed on destroying the heritage of the native population and instilling whites with a guilt complex and shame designed to alienate them from their own history. They are supposed to abase themselves in front of immigrants and tell them how worthless and evil their culture is, or alternatively how much they lament the fact that they don’t have a culture.

While Christianity has been ridiculed for generations, so much so that Christians complain about persecution, Islam is presented in textbooks as a benevolent religion and granted a high degree of respect in the public sphere. Maybe I have a conspiratorial mindset, but the way Multiculturalists condemn Christianity and praise Islam is so consistent that I cannot help but ask whether some of them have deliberately set out to uproot the plague of Christianity from our culture once and for all. They ridicule it at any given opportunity and at the same time import a rival religion and groom it as a replacement. When the day comes when people have gotten sufficiently tired of nihilism, Christianity will have become so discredited as to have been eliminated as a viable alternative, and people will be left with Islam. Or maybe it’s simply about eradicating anything and everything associated with European culture.

Sweden has been known as a “model country” with an economic system as a third way between capitalism and Socialism, or enlightened Socialism as it has been called. In 2008, the “Swedish model” no longer refers to an economic success story (and the Swedish economy grew rapidly before the welfare state was established), but to a horror story of cultural suicide, Gramscian cultural Marxism, ideological censorship and repression of dissent. Sweden is not unique. Similar trends are evident all over the Western world. But Political Correctness is unusual in its severity here, in part because Sweden already viewed itself as an “ideological state,” and the country is definitely ahead of the curve in ideological repression. Those of us who still have some love for aspects of what once was traditional Swedish culture can only hope that some of it is still alive and can re-emerge once the current ideological paradigm has disintegrated. The question remains, though, how much will be left of the Swedish nation once we get to that point. What is certain is that rough times are ahead, not just for Sweden but for the entire Western world, as Multiculturalism facilitates the slow disintegration of our societies.

Islamization and Cowardice in Scandinavia

This essay was first published at The Brussels Journal in September 2008, but has been substantially expanded with later additions from a number of essays.

I will start with saying a few words about the situation in Finland. The word “Finlandization” was coined to describe the concessions made under the pressure of circumstances by a small country when confronted by a much more powerful neighbor, which in Finland’s case was the Soviet Union. Until the Revolution in 1917, Finland was a part of the Russian Empire. Prior to the Napoleonic wars it had been a part of the Kingdom for Sweden for centuries and still has a Swedish-speaking minority. The presence on its eastern border of Russia’s Soviet successor kept Finnish independence balanced on a knife’s edge up until the collapse of Communism. Nowadays it seems that the entire West is voluntarily agreeing to be Finlandized with respect to Islam.

Finns in the far north of Europe, unlike their cousins in the southern regions of the continent, have had little direct exposure to and historical experience with Islam. Finland still has significantly fewer immigrants than Scandinavian neighbors Norway and Denmark, not to mention Sweden, which is why I will not make the country my main focus here. In the 70’s Finland was significantly poorer than Sweden, and this only changed during the 80’s and 90’s. Finland has received some immigration from the 1990s onwards, including a number of Muslims. Although demographically speaking less affected yet, Finland is by no means immune to Political Correctness and Multicultural censorship. KGS from the quality Finnish blog Tundra Tabloids has posted an English translation of an essay that was originally written in Finnish by fellow blogger Vasarahammer:

“In today’s Finland multiculturalism and political correctness rule the day the same way as in other Western European countries. But because of the short history of mass immigration, the societal development together with other effects of immigration lag behind. Finland is roughly 20 years behind in the development of ‘multicultural’ society. However, if the current academic, media and political elite have their way, the situation may change very rapidly…. After 9/11 Khodr Chehab, the leader of a Finnish Muslim community, appeared together in Senate square with the Finnish Lutheran Archbishop Jukka Paarma. The significance of the moment was lost by many, but it first showed, how the Finnish establishment was eager to appease Islam the same way Finnish establishment appeased the Soviet Union. But it was the cartoon crisis that finally exposed the attitude of the Finnish political elite. Not only did Prime Minister Vanhanen apologize for the publication of the cartoons but the police started an investigation concerning the publication of Muhammad cartoons by Suomen Sisu. The publication was followed by fierce calls of exercise of ‘responsible freedom of speech’ as well as outright calls to the authorities to prosecute the publications in all manners provided by the law.”

The organization Suomen Sisu was never prosecuted because they republished the Muhammad cartoons on their website, but the Finnish PM apologized in public for the act. Today, the best known critic of Islam and mass immigration in Finland comes from the academic circles. His name is Jussi Halla-aho, a doctor of Slavic studies.

Among Nordic and indeed Western countries, Denmark stands out with its popular opposition to Islamization. It is not a coincidence that the Muhammad cartoons were published there. This should not be taken as an indication that Denmark is a paradise. Danes face the same problems of Islamic aggression, Politically Correct cultural elites and political dhimmitude, but they have a genuine, intellectual resistance movement as well. Danes are deeply civilized people, but they are not cowards. They have an instinct for opposing evil ideologies and managed to save most of their Jews from the Nazis during the Second World War.

In 2008, three years after the cartoons were first published, the matter is still very much alive in the minds of many Muslims. More than 200 lawmakers shouted “Death to the enemies of Islam” during an angry demonstration outside the Afghan parliament, protesting the reprinting of the cartoons in Denmark and the release of the Islam-critical film Fitna by the Dutch politician Wilders. At the same time, Danish aid is helping schools to re-open in Afghanistan, even though critics say the curriculum is based on fundamentalist Islam. A campaign to boycott Danish and Dutch products was launched in Jordan. The campaign will include ads in newspapers and on radio and television that urge consumers to avoid buying named goods. The organisation, “The Messenger of Allah Unites Us,” have produced t-shirts, bumper stickers and posters with the campaign logo “Live without it.”

“[Danish] Muslim organizations intend to take the case to the European Court of Human Rights,” Muslim leader Mohammed Khalid Samha told IslamOnline, the large English language website founded by the influential Yusuf al-Qaradawi, after a Danish court rejected a suit by seven Muslim groups. “We were quite sure that the Danish judiciary would not be fair to Muslims,” said Samha. Meanwhile, two Tunisian men were arrested and charged with plotting the murder of cartoonist Kurt Westergaard.

In September 2008 a group of Jihadist Muslims discussed how to poison Denmark’s water supply in retaliation for the cartoons. Writer Hugh Fitzgerald stated in a comment:

“I assume that were such an attack to be made, the Danish people would demand that as a matter of national security, the Muslims living in Denmark would be expelled. At this point, after all that has been said and done, if you continue to self- identify as a Muslim, it is perfectly reasonable for Infidels to assume that you know what Islam teaches, or rather inculcates, and that you agree with it, or at least are not about to do anything to prevent or denounce such teachings.….Any more attempts on the lives of Infidels has to be treated as an act of war, by Muslims on non-Muslims. In World War II the Allied bombers did not selectively bomb only full-fledged enthusiasts for the Nazis, but bombed German cities — and Japanese ones, too — into rubble, to defeat the enemy. It is the collective that counts in wartime, and we do not have to spend our time delicately distinguishing between this or that degree of support, by Muslims, for Jihad, violent or otherwise.”

As Bruce Bawer put it in the essay Courage and Cowardice in Scandinavia from June 2008, following a bomb in Pakistan targeting Denmark:

“When a car bomb exploded outside Denmark’s embassy in Islamabad on June 2, killing eight, it was easy to guess who had done it and why. Sure enough, some days later al-Qaeda took credit and confirmed its motive: the now-infamous Muhammed cartoons. Originally published in the Jyllands-Posten daily on September 30, 2005, they were reprinted by a raft of Danish dailies last February 13 in a show of solidarity with turban-bomb cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, the target of three would-be assassins who had been arrested the day before. Presumably this rather surprising action — the Danish media, generally speaking, have given Jyllands-Posten a rough time for the past three years for upsetting the Muslims — was the immediate cause for the bombing.”

“Blasphemy” against Islam carries the death penalty according to sharia law, and this is far from redundant. For instance, in June 2008 a Pakistani judge sentenced a Muslim man to death on charges that he insulted Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

In contrast to Denmark’s defiance, other Scandinavian countries surrendered to Islamic pressure as fast as humanly possible. Bawer again:

“Sweden took another route. When a political website featured a Jyllands-Posten cartoon, the government sent police to close it down. More recently, hit with his own cartoon crisis involving artist Lars Vilks, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt not only met Muslim ambassadors, but was praised by one for his ‘spirit of appeasement.’ Norway didn’t cover itself in glory, either. On the pretext that a tiny newspaper, Magazinet, had reprinted the Jyllands-Posten cartoons (never mind that major dailies in Spain, Germany, and France had done so as well), the cartoon jihadists chose to target Norway as well, plainly betting that the dialogue-happy, UN-worshipping ‘peace country’ would curb its freedoms at the first hint of Muslim displeasure. They were right. Norway’s government caved in ignominiously, holding a press conference on February 10, 2006, at which Magazinet‘s cowed editor, Vebjørn Selbekk, with the blessing of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, grovelled before a posse of imams and apologised to them for exercising his freedom of speech. It was probably the most disgraceful day in modern Norwegian history, but you wouldn’t know it by the politicians and journalists, who celebrated this selling out of freedom as a triumph of peacemaking.”

Selbekk, editor of the small Christian newspaper Magazinet, had firmly resisted pressure from Muslims who had made death threats and from the Norwegian establishment. But eventually Norway’s Minister of Labor and Social Inclusion Bjarne Håkon Hanssen hastily called a press conference at a major government office building in Oslo. There Selbekk issued an abject apology for reprinting the cartoons. At his side, accepting his act of contrition and asking that all threats now be withdrawn, was Mohammed Hamdan, the then head of Norway’s Islamic Council. As Bawer indicates, it was a picture right out of a sharia courtroom, with the Muslim leader declaring Selbekk to be henceforth under his protection.

In a Friday sermon on February 3 2006, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, the world’s largest Islamic organization, exhorted worshippers to show rage in response to the cartoons. The sermon was aired on Arab TV. The day after, the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Syria were set ablaze by an angry mob. It should be mentioned that Norway and Denmark are members of NATO and that destroying an embassy could be considered an act of war. A few days later, a delegation led by Mohammed Hamdan of Norway’s Islamic Council and a senior pastor representing Oslo’s bishop visited Qatar to meet Mr. Qaradawi. The trip received support from the Norwegian government. Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre was happy to accept the aid of the Islamic Council and its leader Hamdan. Al-Qaradawi then accepted the apology that Vebjørn Selbekk had issued on February 10.

Walid al-Kubaisi, a Muslim dissident living in Norway, warned that Yusuf al-Qaradawi is more dangerous than the terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, and that the Muslim Brotherhood, whose founder Hassan al-Banna Qaradawi followed in Egypt when he was young, wants the world to submit to sharia. Kubaisi reacted strongly to the statement by Mr. Hamdan that he would now give Mr. Selbekk protection: “It frightens me that he presents himself as an authority that can grant or revoke protection. Does this mean that [Minister] Bjarne Håkon Hanssen thinks that the next time I feel threatened because of something I have written, I should contact the Islamic Council, not the police? Sadly, the government, in their eagerness to end the current troubles, have made the authoritarian forces stronger.” Kubaisi feared that Islamic hardliners would from now on burn something every time they feel offended about something and expect to get their will.

Trond Giske, Minister of Culture and Church Affairs from the Labor Party, met with Mohammed Hamdan of the Islamic Council a few months after the embassy attacks and announced that government subsidies for the Islamic Council would be raised from 60,000 kroner a year to half a million. That’s more than a 700% increase in a single year. The government declared it would meet more frequently with the Islamic Council to “improve dialogue.” Its leader Hamdan smiled after having talked with Mr. Giske for about one hour. “We’re pretty pleased with the meeting. For us it’s important to improve contacts with the government so that we can get to know each other better.”

In the fall of 2008, the Norwegian Islamic Council was still waiting for a reply from the European Council for Fatwa and Research, which is led by Yusuf al-Qaradawi and other clerics affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, before it decided whether or not it is in favor of the death penalty for homosexuality. Qaradawi discussed at the Arabic satellite channel al-Jazeera various punishments he said were appropriate for homosexuality, including being thrown from great heights or burnings. At the same time, Mr. Qaradawi supports marriage to girls at the age of nine, as did his Prophet.

The status given to non-Muslims who accept being second-rate citizens, dhimmis, under Islamic rule is technically referred to as “protected.” During the Cartoon Jihad, the left-wing coalition government demonstrated in public that Norwegian authorities did not control the security of their citizens and had to accept Muslim intervention to secure their safety. This amounted to the acceptance of Islamic rule according to sharia law, a view which was subsequently strengthened by payments to Muslims at home and abroad. Undoubtedly these payments offered by Mr. Giske on behalf of the Government were viewed by Muslims as jizya, the “protection money” non-Muslims are required to pay in willing submission (Koran, 9:29) as a sign of their inferior status vis-à-vis Islam, as a compensation for not being slain.

Mohammed Hamdan of the Islamic Council participated in a meeting with members of the terrorist organization Hamas at Stortinget, the Norwegian parliament, in the summer of 2006. According to him, he was only an interpreter, but his brother Osama Hamdan was a member of parliament for Hamas in the Palestinian Territories. Members of Hamas have made it perfectly clear that their Jihad against Israel is part of a wider war against the West. For instance, Hamas member of parliament and cleric Yunis Al-Astal said on TV in April 2008 that “Very soon, Allah willing, Rome will be conquered, just like Constantinople was, as was prophesized by our Prophet Muhammad…. the Islamic conquests, which will spread through Europe in its entirety, and then will turn to the two Americas, and even Eastern Europe.” Calls to conquer the West are frequently made by leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, including Qaradawi, but they are rarely reported in mainstream Western media.

Norway in 2007 became first Western country to recognize the then Hamas-led Palestinian government and to make the first transfer of direct financial aid to it. Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre of the Labor Party urged others to follow. Hamas is the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. They state this explicitly in their charter, which means that the left-wing government of PM Jens Stoltenberg was willing to fund an organization whose spiritual leader had recently caused physical attacks against their country and is waging a war against their civilization. This was applauded by most media commentators. This policy is presented as “tolerance” whereas in older times it would probably have been seen as treason.

FM Støre participated in a conference with participants from dozens of countries and media outlets on how to “report diversity” in a non-offensive manner, with Arab News from Saudi Arabia as a moderator. The Cartoon Jihad had prompted Indonesia and Norway to join forces and promote a Global Inter-Media Dialogue. In June 2007 this was held in Oslo.

Keynote speaker at the conference, Doudou Diène, the United Nations Special Envoy for racism, xenophobia and intolerance, urged the media to actively participate in the creation of a Multicultural society, and expressed concerns that the democratic process could lead to immigration-restrictive parties gaining influence in the West. Mr. Diène represents Senegal, a predominantly Muslim country which is a member of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the largest voting bloc at the United Nations.

There were already signs that large portions of the mainstream media had been working according to similar ideas long before this conference. In Britain, leading figures of the BBC have proudly announced that they actively promote Multiculturalism. In Denmark in 2008, while their country was threatened by Muslims across the world, public broadcaster Danmarks Radio, the local equivalent of the BBC and with the same left-wing pro-Multicultural bias, held a “Miss Headscarf” beauty contest for women with the requirement being that they were over 15 and wore a veil, the way Muslim women are supposed to do.

As American scholar Dr. Daniel Pipes notes, “Self-hating Westerners have an out-sized importance due to their prominent role as shapers of opinion in universities, the media, religious institutions, and the arts. They serve as the Islamists’ auxiliary mujahideen.”

Following new threats in Denmark, the regional Norwegian daily Adresseavisen in 2008 decided to show solidarity with the Danish cartoonists. As Bruce Bawer writes:

“Trondheim’s Adresseavisen daily ran a cartoon which, though not depicting Muhammed, angered ‘moderate’ Muslim lawyer Abid Q. Raja, who — apparently feeling that Adresseavisen had obeyed the word but not the spirit of the Magazinet accords — argued that the cartoon shouldn’t have been published because it would be ‘misunderstood’ by Muslims. Pakistani ambassador Rab Nawaz Khan agreed, calling the cartoon an ‘act of terror’ that can ‘endanger the lives of Norwegian citizens.’ When a cartoon is terrorism and a bomb is a form of expression, you’re in Orwell country. Yet the star of the moment was Norwegian novelist Dag Solstad, who only days before the bombing delivered what you might call Norway’s version of Rowan Williams’s sharia lecture. Solstad didn’t go in for sharia explicitly — instead, he made the argument that free speech is actually undesirable, since it drowns meritorious works (such as his novels, presumably) in a sea of vulgarity (a category to which he relegated the Muhammed cartoons). Solstad’s colleagues offered polite demurrals.”

Mr. Solstad, with a history of long and strong sympathies for various Communist movements, is not unique. By the time these words are written, many Norwegian observers and intellectuals have criticized “free speech fundamentalists” in the major media.

In 2007, Minister of Justice Knut Storberget from the Labor Party said that the Norwegian Constitution Day, May 17th, is for “everybody,” and that it’s appropriate to demonstrate this by displaying a multitude of flags and cultures. It is now permitted to celebrate it by waving the flag of the United Nations. The editor of a Multicultural newspaper has suggested that the Norwegian national anthem should be translated to Urdu because this would be good for integration. Norwegians are supposed to celebrate their independence by singing their national anthem in Urdu, by wearing the national costume of Ghana and by waving the flag of the UN. This would be the equivalent of Americans celebrating the Fourth of July by waving the UN flag and by singing the Star-Spangled Banner in Arabic.

Norwegian police have discovered that a number of taxi drivers, many of whom have already been charged with tax evasion in one of the worst cases of welfare fraud in the nation’s history, have close contact with Pakistani gangs and operate as couriers of arms and drugs. In Oslo it is documented that criminal gangs have ties to Jihadist groups at home and abroad.

Minister Bjarne Håkon Hanssen from the Labor Party has called for increased immigration from Pakistan because this would be good for the economy. A majority of Muslims voted for the Labor Party in the 2005 elections, which the left-wing coalition won by a very slim margin. Eighty-three percent of Muslims voted for Leftist parties, just as all over Western Europe. Kristin Halvorsen, the leader of the Socialist Left Party, began her election campaign in the Pakistani countryside, praising all the “blood, sweat and tears Pakistanis in Norway have spent on building the country.” She is now Minister of Finance. The deputy leader of the Socialist Left Party, Audun Lysbakken, stated in November 2005 — while the party’s leader was Minister of Finance — that he wants to close the stock exchange and abolish private property rights because this would lead to more democracy. His party is highly critical of the United States and has been pushing, unsuccessfully so far, for a general boycott of Israel.

I should mention that the Socialist Left Party, just like virtually all left-wing parties supportive of Multiculturalism and high taxation in the West, is supported by a disproportionate number of female voters, while the “racist” Progress Party that wants to limit mass immigration is supported significantly more by men than by women. Feminists hail this as an indication that women are more “open-minded and compassionate” than men. Perhaps. But it could also be an indication that women are more naïve than men, since they support the continued importation of cultures that enslave women. Isn’t that self-defeating? If women are indeed more politically naïve than men, does that mean that the increased feminization and female influence in politics we’ve had for decades now has made the West soft?

The agency that handles immigration to Norway, UDI, in 2005 thought that the country must make it more attractive for both skilled and unskilled workers to move to Norway. “We need more immigrants,” claimed UDI chief Trygve Nordby, who has previously worked in key positions for the Socialist Left Party in parliament. “Too few dare to say that we have a large need for non-professional workers as well,” he said. UDI, in turn, should be able to have more flexibility in deciding cases, and process cases more quickly and efficiently. As it turned out later, the bureaucrats of UDI were in fact so “flexible” that they had been running their own, private immigration policies, and that the agency’s liberal interpretation of asylum rules had “stretched the boundaries” of the law. UDI violated both the law and political directives when it granted residency permits to nearly 200 Iraqi Kurds in the fall of 2005. A commission that probed the controversial permits blasted Nordby, and his successor resigned.

The idea that mass immigration from developing countries is “good for the economy” is 100% incorrect. Those who want a detailed analysis of this can read my online essays When Danes Pay Danegeld, What Does Muslim Immigration Cost Europe? and The Welfare State is Dead, Long Live the Welfare State, among others. Skilled immigrants want to move to a country with low tax rates so that they benefit the most from their work, while those who want to exploit the welfare state system move to countries with high taxation. Muslims add huge indirect costs due to the threat of Jihadist terrorism. This goes for all Western nations.

An ever growing group of non-Western immigrants in Norway is dependent on welfare. This was the conclusion of a study by Tyra Ekhaugen of the Frisch Centre for Economic Research and the University of Oslo. Ekhaugen’s research contradicted the often heard assertion that the labor market depends increasingly on immigrants. The study indicated quite the reverse. If the present evolution continues, immigration will increase the pressure on the welfare state rather than relieve it because many immigrants do not join the tax-paying part of the population. “Non-Western immigrants” in Norway are recipients of social security benefits ten times as frequently as native Norwegians.

Journalist Halvor Tjønn in June 2006 cited a report from NHO, the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise. NHO stated that the current immigration policies were a serious threat to the country’s economy. The most profitable immigration would be high-skilled workers who stay for period of limited duration, but at the same time not too brief. A Danish think tank has estimated that the net cost of immigration was up to 50 billion kroner every year, and those were cautious estimates. Denmark could thus save huge sums by stopping immigration from less developed countries. A study found that every other immigrant from the Third World — especially from Muslim countries — lacked the qualifications for even the most menial jobs on the organized labor market.

According to Statistics Norway, immigrants generally have a three times higher unemployment rate than native Norwegians. It should be noted that non-Muslim Asians are much more successful, which means that the unemployment rate among Muslims is even higher than 300 % that of the natives. The number of Muslims in Norway has quadrupled over the past 15 years. The number of immigrants in Oslo increased by 40 percent in just five years, from 2002 to 2007. With current trends remaining unchanged, native Norwegians will be a minority in their own country within a few decades.

Admittedly, part of the problem lies with the Western European welfare state system itself and cannot be blamed on the immigrants alone. Iranian Nima Sanandaji tells of his family’s meeting with the Swedish system: “In Sweden my family encountered a political system that seemed very strange. The interpreter told us that Sweden is a country where the government will put a check into your mailbox each month if you don’t work. She explained that there was no reason to get a job….Although my mother got several jobs, we concluded that this really didn’t improve our family’s economy. During the sixteen years we have been in Sweden, my mother has in total worked less than one year.”

However, part of the problem is due to the mentality of some of those who move here, yet display no loyalty to their new countries. Immigrant men who divorce their wives according to secular law but stay married to them according to Islamic law represent an increasing problem in the city of Odense, Denmark, according to deputy mayor Erik Simonsen. The result is a large number of “single” women who receive welfare support.

In other countries, some Muslim men to do this trick with several women at the same time. Some observers blamed the Muslim riots in France in 2005, accurately described by writer Mark Steyn as the “first welfare funded Jihad in history,” on polygamy practiced by Muslim men, paid for by French taxpayers. But also immigrants who are financially independent are cheating, says Simonsen. “80 percent of the immigrant economy in Odense is a black market economy. That’s a lot, and it cannot be tolerated, because the law is equal for all.”

As one Muslim in Norway stated: “I worked in a Pakistani shop, but all of the work there is ‘unofficial.’ Neither the boss nor I pay taxes to Norwegian authorities. In addition to this, I receive 100% disability benefits and welfare. I have to be cunning to make as much money as possible, since this is my only objective with being in Norway.” In Britain, one member of an Islamic group warned an undercover reporter against getting a job because it would be contributing to the kuffar (non-Muslim) system.

Andrew Bostom quotes the observations made by Dr. Muqtedar Khan, a much-ballyhooed Muslim moderate, after a trip to Belgium. Even Khan admitted the largesse of Belgium’s welfare state towards its Muslims: “…the welfare check was normally 70 percent to 80 percent of the salary. For those [Muslims] who were married with children, welfare provided comfortable living and with low property values, even those on welfare could actually own homes.”

Undoubtedly, many Muslims view welfare money from the infidels as jizya, the poll-tax non-Muslims according to the Koran are supposed to pay to Muslims as tribute and a sign of their inferior status and submission to Islamic rule. As Bostom points out, “such attitudes, whatever their origins, raise this larger basic question: why does the West continue to validate the raw, imbalanced bigotry that denies non-Muslims any access to Mecca and Medina—upon pain of imprisonment, torture, and death—while Muslims demand and are granted the ability to settle, with generous accommodations, within Europe or America?”

Mullah Krekar is convicted of terrorism in Jordan. He has lived off welfare money in Oslo for years and reputedly gets free taxi rides from Muslim cab drivers who think he’s a great guy. Norway’s most controversial refugee has lodged a threat against the country that has hosted him and his family for the past decade and a half. Krekar continues to fight deportation back to Iraq and calls any such order “an offense” that should be punished. “I defend my rights in their court just like Western people defend their rights. I am patient like they are patient. But if my patience runs out, I will react like Orientals do.” Krekar has spoken positively about terrorist leader Osama bin Laden and the recently killed Iraqi al-Qaida leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. He has indicated that Muslims will succeed in conquering the West because they breed like mosquitoes.

Head of the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) Jørn Holme stated in 2007 that he fears that a terrorist attack carried about by Muslims would lead to lynching of local Muslims because Norwegians are “a bit stupid, not good at integrating” and “don’t understand” the supposedly huge differences between Islam and Islamism. In other words, the “Islamophobes” are as much of a danger as the Jihadists. I recommend that he reads The Al Qaeda Reader by the historian Raymond Ibrahim to see that Islamic terrorists justify their actions from a straightforward reading of Islamic texts.

In Britain, the police have investigated allegations that the four suspected London bombers from July 2005 collected more than £500,000 in benefits payments. The suspects are supposed to have used multiple aliases and addresses. One, Mr Ibrahim, is said to have had six aliases. Some are shown to have claimed several nationalities, ages and national insurance numbers while in Britain. Investigators believe that bogus names were used to make some benefit claims. Two are also alleged to have obtained asylum using bogus passports and false names and nationalities. Mr Ibrahim, alleged to be the Hackney bus bomber, is believed to have used two dates of birth, six aliases, two national insurance numbers and two addresses. Mr Osman apparently went under five names, variously claimed that he was Eritrean or Somali, and used four addresses in southwest London. Mr Omar, 24, who is linked with the attack on a Tube train near Warren Street, had five aliases.

DP111, an articulate and highly intelligent British blog commentator, points out that as Muslim families are large, a single wage earner will find it hard to support all. They will need to supplement this by getting considerable benefits from the state:

“A considerable amount of this money to Muslims from the British taxpayer finds its way to finance the Jihad. The same scenario must hold in all European states that have a considerable Muslim population. We are in the ridiculous position of sheltering and feeding a population that is hell bent on destroying us. Islam’s people, from the very outset, were nothing but a collective to gain plunder and loot at the expense of other people’s work. In the past, it was conducted by war, conquest and then pillage. Now it is conducted by immigration (invasion), begging or crime. Meanwhile Muslim nations are given huge loans (aid), which we and they know will never be repaid. Thus, from a purely economic point of view, Islam seems to be a collective of people who live by the ethos of ‘beg, borrow or steal.’ So why do we, the capitalist countries, who do not believe in offering anyone a free lunch, subsidise the most lazy yet aggressive bunch of people on God’s planet, who are bent on subverting our democratic system? The nub is, how has it come about, that the natural progression of the most advanced civilisation on earth is towards stupidity?”

He points out that the cost of Muslim immigration is much higher than just welfare. “One really needs to factor the loss of confidence in the markets, loss of new investment because of a fear of flying or the disenchantment with intrusive security. Then there is the increased cost of insurance on all businesses.” All this affects the competitiveness of business with nations that do not have a major Islamic presence, such as Japan and Korea. We may be talking of million dollars per Muslim individual per year. And to top it all, we give them aid, welfare benefits on a grand scale, while we live in fear, and our freedoms compromised.

One of the reasons for the low participation in the work force among Muslims is a very high drop out rate from schools, especially for boys. Although Muslims themselves blame this on “poor integration efforts” and “marginalization,” some of them are actively obstructing their kids’ education, lest they become too much like the infidels. Thousands of Muslim children with Scandinavian citizenship are sent to Koran schools in Pakistan and other countries, to prevent them from becoming “too Westernized.” When this practice was documented and criticized by the Norwegian organization Human Rights Service, Pakistanis in Norway had the galls to ask for a school for their children in Pakistan, funded by Norwegian taxpayers. According to the Copenhagen Post, in Denmark when the country’s schools open their doors again after the summer holidays, not every student is there to enter. Some schools report one in every five students missing from the schoolrooms.

Not that the problems always disappear when they actually attend school, either. Going to school is no child’s game for many children in Copenhagen, where beatings, kicks, robberies, and threats have become everyday occurrences. The perpetrators are normally their own age.

In 2005, it was reported that 82 percent of crimes in Copenhagen were committed by immigrants or descendants of immigrants, and the police pressed charges against second-generation immigrants five times as frequently per capita as against ethnic Danes. Doormen working in the Danish capital are now often armed with guns or clubs so as to be able to defend themselves against violent immigrant gangs. There is more violence than ever before and some immigrant gangs have been known to seek out doormen in their private homes.

A shoot-out between two Pakistani gangs one crowded Sunday evening at Oslo’s popular waterfront complex Aker Brygge left two men wounded. Newspaper VG reported that a policeman had to run for his life from an angry crowd of Pakistanis. The plainclothes policeman was hit in the face and told to leave the Furuset shopping center. He was told that it was none of his business being in this area, and that a gang of young men had defined Furuset as their turf and didn’t accept “intruders.” The authorities have already ceded control over chunks of their own capital city. Peaceful rallies denouncing Islamic terrorism or supporting Israel have been physically attacked. Similar things are happening with increasing frequency in cities across Western Europe, from Birmingham to Hamburg.

There has been a sharp increase in violent crime in urban areas. In 2001, newspapers Aftenposten and Dagbladet reported that two out of three charged with rape in Oslo were immigrants. Ethnic Norwegian women were victims in 80 percent of the cases. Both newspapers then conveniently “forgot” about this again until 2007, although the number of rape charges continued to rise to historic levels. They were thus at best guilty of extreme incompetence, since their former articles were still available online. I wrote a number of blog posts about the issue in Norwegian and English. It has later been revealed that a police report was made about the rape problem in 2005, a year with parliamentary elections, yet the Oslo-based Aftenposten newspaper did not mention this report at the time. The reported number of rapes in Oslo is now allegedly six times as high per capita as in New York.

This trend is the same all over Western Europe. The number of rapes committed by some immigrant groups is so high that it is difficult to view it only as random acts of individuals. It resembles warfare. German journalist Gudrun Eussner considers this to be “sexuality as a weapon against disobedient Muslim as well as non-Muslim women, both categorized as ‘unbelievers’. Against them jihad is the duty, and what to do with women ‘conquered’ in jihad, this may be read in the Qur’an: they become slaves to be used by the victors.”

French filmmaker Pierre Rehov states that: “A friend of mine is a retired chief of police, who used to be in charge of the security of a major city in the south of France. He reported to me that his men had to face an average of 10 rapes a week, 80% made by Muslim young men. 30% being what we call, in French, a ‘tournante,’ meaning that the victim is being raped by an entire gang, one after the other, often during an entire night. He was astonished that, in most cases, the parents not only would back up their rapist children, but also would not even understand why they would be arrested. There is an instant shift in the notion of good and evil as a major component of culture. The only evil those parents would see, genuinely, is the temptation that the male children had to face. Since in most cases the victims were not Muslims, the parents’ answer and rejection was even more genuine: how could their boys be guilty of anything, when normally answering to a provocation by occidental women, known for their unacceptable behavior?”

Sheik Taj Din al-Hilaly, who called himself the Grand Mufti of Australia and New Zealand, in a sermon compared unveiled women to uncovered meat: “If you take uncovered meat and put it on the street, on the pavement, in a garden, in a park, or in the backyard, without a cover and the cats eat it, then whose fault will it be, the cats, or the uncovered meat’s? The uncovered meat is the disaster. If the meat was covered the cats wouldn’t roam around it.” Abduljalil Sajid of the Muslim Council of Britain defended Hilaly as “a great scholar.”

Shahid Mehdi, an Islamic mufti in Copenhagen, Denmark, stated in 2005 in a televised interview that women who do not wear headscarves are “asking for rape,” so Hilaly is not an isolated case. According to Tanveer Ahmed, a Sydney-based psychiatrist, the attitude “comes from households, where young Muslims get the message that white girls are different, and that women in general are a corrupting influence.” There have been several brutal gang rapes of white women by Muslim immigrant men in Australia.

There is a growing wave of crime and violence targeting native Europeans. The response of the authorities to this has been to increase crackdowns on “racism” — by the white natives. In 2005 the Norwegian parliament — with the support of 85% of MPs — passed a new Discrimination Act, prepared by then Minister of Integration from the Conservative Party, Erna Solberg, who had earlier called for the establishment of a sharia council in Norway.

A spokesman for the right-wing Progress Party, Per Sandberg, feared that the law would jeopardize the rights of law-abiding citizens. Reverse burden of proof is combined with liability to pay compensation, which means that innocent persons risk having to pay huge sums for things they didn’t do. If an immigrant claims that a native has somehow discriminated against him or made a discriminatory remark, the native person has to mount proof of his own innocence. This harsh law was passed despite the fact that at the time most immigrants themselves claimed that they had encountered little discrimination.

I have later discovered that similar laws have been passed across much of Western Europe, encouraged by the EU and the Council of Europe in cooperation with international Islamic organizations. The Norwegian law followed an initiative from the CoE. There was virtually no public debate about this law, which was passed in relative silence prior to the national elections that year. Not a single journalist genuinely criticized it, and most barely mentioned it at all before it was passed. The same journalists otherwise tend to be very concerned about the legal or “human rights” of Islamic terrorists, but apparently not of their own people.

The Equality and Anti-discrimination Ombud Beate Gangås, a white lesbian feminist, before the municipal elections in 2007 warned all political parties against making “discriminatory” remarks regarding immigration policies, but called for actively reducing the number of white, heterosexual men in politics. There was little real debate about immigration in the heavily left-leaning media that year, but an all the more passionate witch-hunt looking for racists, and by that I mean whites only.

Following the case of alleged “racism” which is described below, the left-wing coalition government represented by Minister Bjarne Håkon Hanssen met with13 immigrant organizations and announced that racists, apparently meaning white natives only, should be “smoked out” of all public sector jobs. Minister Heidi Grande Røys from the Socialist Left Party stated that the government would practice “zero tolerance” for racism. Asked whether people who are critical of mass immigration should be allowed to hold public sector jobs, she replied that no, if this could be deemed to interfere with their ability to do their job, this would not be allowed. Since we have already seen that mass immigration costs huge amounts of money, this means that the natives are forced to fund their own colonization and eventual eradication. Opposition to this is banned as “racism.”

The same government in October 2008 funded a conference in Oslo involving “dialogue” with a number of sharia-sponsoring groups from the Middle East, including the Egyptian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Egyptian branch of the Brotherhood has in addition to its founder Hassan al-Banna produced Sayyid Qutb, the ideological godfather of terrorists such as Osama bin Laden, as well as the current MB spiritual leader Yusuf al-Qaradawi. The section Fred og Forsoning (“Peace and Reconciliation”) of the Foreign Ministry financed the research project “Fault Lines of Islamism” ( pdf ) led by Bjørn Olav Utvik from the University of Oslo. Gry Larsen from the Labor Party was scheduled to meet with representatives of these groups. The government can meet with radical Islamic groups, but want to silence those among the natives who don’t want Muslims with such views to settle in their country. No “dialogue” is possible with them.

Two ambulance drivers in Oslo, both of them native Norwegians, were in August 2007 involved in what became a massively hyped case supposedly involving “white racism.” They had arrived to pick up an injured African man. As ambulance driver Erik Schjenken months later explained, the man “pulled down his pants and urinated on my colleague’s leg. My colleague was surprised, pulled away and called him a pig. That’s when we viewed the man as a problem, and decided it was best if the police took him to the clinic.” Ali Farah, the Somalian man in question, had more severe head injuries than the drivers assumed at the time. “We made a mistake, because we interpreted his urination as willful and a provocation, but NOT because we had racist or discriminatory motives,” Schjenken later wrote.

Based on weak suspicions of “racism,” the mass media, leading intellectuals and politicians launched what can only be described as a witch-hunt against the two ambulance drivers. “This would never happen to a white man,” said the prominent Norwegian-Pakistani lawyer Abid Q. Raja, representing Farah and his family. Author Anne Holt, who once served as Minister of Justice for the Labor Party, wrote an essay in newspaper Aftenposten which in my view amounted to a moral execution of the drivers. Both of them were suspended from service and became the target of widespread, negative media coverage. They were later cleared after an investigation of the incident by the Norwegian Board of Health Supervision. However, the Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud, or the Multicultural Inquisition as I like to call it, ruled that Farah was a victim of discrimination and that the ambulance personnel broke the anti-discrimination laws. As noted before, the anti-discrimination law states that natives are guilty of “discrimination” almost as soon as they are suspected of it.

It should be mentioned here that this African man was injured in the first place because he was beaten by another African man, from Ghana. In Norway, a country straddling the Arctic Circle and with no colonial history, one African man beats another African man, and the result is that the white ambulance drivers, who have dedicated their lives to helping other people, become the targets of a lynch mob led by the country’s media. Driver Erik Schjenken needed professional help as he was brought to the brink of suicide.

According to Hans Rustad from the major blog, the ideology of anti-racism in sometimes resembles what we have seen from Communists regimes. Being called a “racist” under Multiculturalism is similar to being called a “class traitor” under Communism. The mere accusation is powerful enough to destroy lives. Rustad fears that anti-racism in some cases leads to lawlessness. Ambulance driver Schjenken was a well-regarded employee whose work had helped save many lives, yet because of one error of judgment, which in my view was understandable given the situation, his life was ruined. All because he happened to have a politically incorrect skin color while the other person was non-white.

What makes this even more absurd is that in Norway, as throughout the Western world, white-on-non-white violence is exceedingly rare. The vast majority of racism and racist violence comes from non-whites against whites, or between different groups of non-whites. In Oslo, young girls are raped; schoolchildren are threatened with death, robbed and assaulted. The police have warned against “an alarming rise in street violence” in urban areas across the country. This is directly caused by mass immigration, which is nevertheless still championed by the very same media who attacked these two ambulance drivers.

For instance, a 17-year-old Somalian was convicted of the rape of a young girl in Oslo. The court stated that the rape was unusually brutal and lasted for several hours. The man choked the girl for so long that the medical doctor who examined her said that she could have died. The girl suffers from severe psychological problems in the aftermath of the attack. The African youth was sentenced to four and half years in prison. This sentence included another rape, where his Norwegian-Moroccan friend raped a 13-year-old girl whilst the Somalian helped to threaten her and keep guard. She has naturally been traumatized from the incident.

Numerous natives have had their lives ruined by similar attacks, yet anti-white racism is rarely mentioned as a problem by the mainstream media. Whites are apparently fair game. The more vicious the rapes, muggings, and stabbings targeting whites in their own country get, the more aggressive and hysterical the witch-hunt on “white racism” becomes.

French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut has warned that “the lofty idea of ‘the war on racism’ is gradually turning into a hideously false ideology. And this anti-racism will be for the 21st century what Communism was for the 20th century: A source of violence.”

Professor Sigurd Skirbekk of the University of Oslo notes that “In 1994, the German periodical Focus pointed to opinion polls taken in Germany, France and England in which 55, 52 and 50 per cent, respectively, felt that their countries accepted too many immigrants. From Norway we have a representative study from 1987 which showed that 51% of the people felt that the country should accept fewer immigrants; 25% felt that politicians should stick to current practice, while only 8% wanted to accept more immigrants. A similar study in Sweden, made a couple of years later, showed that 54% of Swedes felt that too many people were immigrating to Sweden. In later studies the figures have varied somewhat; but there have always been more people who have favored a restrictive policy than those who favored liberalization.” Thus, according to Skirbekk, “the extent of recent immigration cannot be explained on the basis of popular opinion [my emphasis].”

Skirbekk wonders whether there is a quasi-religious undercurrent to the anti-racist movement, and that it is quite literally the equivalent of the witch-hunts of previous ages:

“A number of researchers have come to see that certain issues in the migration debate has religious connotations. The Norwegian social anthropologist Inger Lise Lien, for instance, has written that ‘racism’ in the public immigration debate has become a word used to label the demons among us, the impure from whom all decent people should remain aloof. We have every reason to believe that the use of the term ‘racist’ in our day has many functional similarities with the use of the word ‘heretic’ three hundred years ago….It is presumably fully possible to join anti-racist movements with the sole motive of identifying with something that appears to be politically correct, or in order to be a part of a collective that entitles one to demonstrate and to harass splinter groups that no one cares to defend.” But “behind the slogan ‘crush the racists,’ there might well be something more than a primitive desire to exercise violence. The battle also involves an element of being in a struggle for purity versus impurity. And since racism is something murky, anti-racism and the colorful community it purportedly represents, becomes an expression of what is pure.”

The Norwegian left-wing author Torgrim Eggen warns against “race wars” brought about by mass immigration yet continues to support it. Questioned about what we can do to avoid this scenario he states: “That’s a very stupid question to ask to an author. This presupposes that I want everybody to be happy, have a good time and don’t have any problems. If so, what do they want me to write about?”

I will give him credit for his honesty: This is the most frank admission I have seen of the fact that some people don’t WANT society to be harmonious; they think it’s boring. There is no worse fate for a self-professed intellectual than to live in a nation that is by and large prosperous, peaceful and well-functioning because nobody will care about his advice or follow his guidance, as is befitting a person of his intelligence.

Even if you manage to create a society that it prosperous, this isn’t always a stable situation. People will gradually forget the qualities that made them successful in the first place, and because they enjoy their material comforts they become too soft to defend themselves against threatening brutes, a condition we call “decadence.” Human beings also appear to have a deep-seated need for something to struggle with and for, and Western welfare states seem to lack this. Some people react to this by drug abuse, to make their lives more colorful and meaningful; others turn to Utopian ideas. Bad things can be said about Islamic terrorists, but at least they are not boring, which could explain why some Westerners are attracted to their cause.

During the Multicultural craze of the 1990s, Eggen in an essay entitled “The psychotic racism “ warned against turbulence caused by mass immigration. The solution to this was not to limit immigration, but to limit criticism of immigration. According to him, xenophobia and opposition to mass immigration should be viewed as a mental illness, and hence “the solution to this xenophobia is that you should distribute medication to those who are seriously affected. I have discussed this with professor of community medicine, Dr. Per Fugelli, and he liked the idea.” Mr. Fugelli suggested putting anti psychotic drugs in the city’s drinking water.

This may sound too extreme to be meant seriously, but Fugelli has continued to chastise those who are critical of national immigration policies. Eggen warned that arguments about how ordinary people are concerned over mass immigration shouldn’t be accepted because this could lead to Fascism: “One should be on one’s guard against people, especially politicians, who invoke xenophobia on behalf of others. And if certain people start their reasoning with phrases such as ‘ordinary people feel that,’ one shouldn’t argue at all, one should hit [them].”

Thomas Hylland Eriksen, professor of social anthropology at the University of Oslo, heads a multi-million project sponsored by the state trying to envision how the new Multicultural society will work. He is a career Multiculturalist and intellectual celebrity in his country, a frequent contributor to the public debate and lives, according to himself, in a boring, white monocultural part of the city, insulated from the effects of cultural diversity. Hylland Eriksen has proclaimed the death of (Western) nation states as if he derives pleasure from it, and has stated that the Nidaros Cathedral (Nidarosdomen), the most prominent church in the country, should no longer serve as a national symbol in our Multicultural society.

Mr. Eriksen has clashed with Ole Jørgen Anfindsen, who runs the bilingual quality website and warns against the effects of uncontrolled mass immigration. According to Hylland Eriksen, “Cosmopolites insist on a world comprising of more colors than black and white. In such a world, the problems presented by Ole-Jørgen Anfindsen are not just petty, but irrelevant.”

What are the problems presented by Mr. Anfindsen? Well, he has published calculations indicating that if the current immigration continues, native Norwegians will be a minority in their own country within a couple of generations. Given the fact that ethnic groups who become minorities in their own lands usually have a hard time, and always get persecuted when the newcomers are Muslims, one would assume that this would be interesting information. But for self-proclaimed “Multicultural cosmopolites,” it is “petty and irrelevant” to even consider that this could represent a problem. Eriksen calls Anfindsen “stupid and ignorant,” and hints that “Maybe Anfindsen’s agenda is inspired by a kind of perverted Christianity (he has a Christian background).”

Yes, Anfindsen does have a Christian background. Is that supposed to disqualify a person from worrying about whether his grandchildren will be persecuted? Mr. Eriksen, like other Western Multiculturalists, worries about Islamophobia but is more than willing to mock Christianity. A newspaper essay co-authored by Eriksen states that: “Is he [Anfindsen] asking us to once again repeat the obvious in that the murder of Theo van Gogh, various acts of terrorism and death threats against newspaper editors have nothing to do with Islam?”

Nothing to do with Islam? Really?

Mohammed Bouyeri, born in Amsterdam of Moroccan parents, killed Theo van Gogh as he was cycling in Amsterdam on Nov. 2, 2004, shooting and stabbing before slashing his throat and pinning a note to his body with a knife. “I did what I did purely out my beliefs,” he told judges while clutching a Koran. “I want you to know that I acted out of conviction and not that I took his life because he was Dutch or because I was Moroccan,” but because he believed van Gogh insulted Islam in his film criticizing the treatment of Muslim women.

So a peaceful Christian man is accused of having a dark, secret agenda, while a Muslim murderer who brags about his Islamic motivations has nothing to do with Islam? A Serbian doctor from the former Yugoslavia, where a Multicultural society recently collapsed in a horrific civil war, warned against the effects of unchecked mass immigration to Western Europe. Thomas Hylland Eriksen responded by chastising her for her “lack of visions.”

Apparently, your worth as an intellectual is measured in how grandiose your ideas are. The greater your visions, the more dazzling your intellect is and thus the greater prestige should be awarded to you. Whether those visions actually correspond to reality and human nature is of secondary importance. In fact, many a self-proclaimed intellectual will be downright offended by the petty considerations of his more pedestrian fellow citizens, concerned with what effects his ideas will have in real life. The fact that some people could get hurt from his ideas doesn’t discourage him. Truly great advances for mankind can only be accomplished though sacrifices, preferably made by others.

I’ve heard Multiculturalists state specifically that our societies should be based on the principle of Multiculturalism and various ethnic groups only tied together by “human rights.” But that is a weak glue to hold a society together, to say the least. What’s more: Once you decide that your society should be founded upon human rights and nothing but human rights, you give away power to those defining human rights to decide the future of your society and your country, for instance in managing your immigration policies.

The French philosopher and cultural critic Alain Finkielkraut thinks that Europe has made human rights its new gospel. Has human rights fundamentalism approached the status of quasi-religion? Have we acquired a new class of scribes, who claim the exclusive right to interpret their Holy Texts in order to reveal Absolute Truth, and scream “blasphemy” at the few heretics who dare question their authority? The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a great document, but it is written by humans and may contain human flaws. We shouldn’t treat as if it were a revelation from God, carved into stone. Far less should we deem as infallible the veritable maze of regulations and well-meaning human rights resolutions that have rendered our nations virtually unable to defend themselves.

Moreover, who decides which “human rights” should take precedence? If you say that free migration should be a universal human right, you trample on the right of the peoples at the receiving end of mass immigration to preserve their cultural heritage. More explicitly, should Muslim nations be allowed to dump their unsustainable population growth in the West? Since they tend not to respect human rights because they frequently conflict with sharia, allowing them to undermine countries that do respect individual rights means that human rights will become a tool for undermining democratic nations in favor or authoritarian ones, precisely the opposite of what was originally intended.

Following the release of a UN population report in 2007 which indicated a global population increase of several billion people over the coming decades, Marie Simonsen, the political editor of Norwegian left-wing newspaper Dagbladet, which has spent decades denouncing the right-wing Progress Party for their “racist” policies of limiting mass immigration, wrote that it should be considered a universal human right for people everywhere to migrate wherever they want to. This would mean certain annihilation for a tiny, wealthy and naive Scandinavian nation. Ms. Simonsen thus endorsed the gradual eradication of her own people, no doubt congratulating herself for her tolerance. To my knowledge, not a single word of protest was voiced by any other journalist to this statement.

“Human rights” was a concept originally intended to ensure liberty. Now it’s used to eradicate an entire civilization, in the name of tolerance and diversity, and the natives are specifically banned from protesting against this.

Is there no opposition to this evilness and insanity? Fortunately, there is. Per Edgar Kokkvold, Secretary-General of the Norwegian Press Association, deserves credit for his principled opposition to censorship vis-à-vis the Muhammad cartoons (which earned him several death threats). A book by a former MP for the Conservative Party, Hallgrim Berg, warns against plans to turn Europe into Eurabia. He discusses anti-Americanism and maintains that the United States is the only power capable of securing freedom. In 2005 the police issued a mobile security alarm to the then leader of the Progress Party, Carl I. Hagen. He criticized Islam and could see no similarity with the concept of morality found in Christianity. He said that if Israel loses in the Middle East, Europe will succumb to Islam next. Therefore, Christians should support Israel and oppose Islamic inroads into Europe. In an unprecedented step, a group of Muslim ambassadors blasted Hagen in a public letter. Other politicians quickly caved in and condemned Mr. Hagen, including Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik of the Christian Democrats. By 2008, the Progress Party stands a real chance of replacing the Labor Party as the largest party in the country, for the first time in generations.

As elsewhere in the Western world, the general public is not quite as suicidal as the political and cultural elites, and therein lies the best hope for the future. You can find pockets of resistance in Norway (and to a lesser extent Sweden), but the general picture is admittedly rather bleak. Denmark is currently the only Scandinavian country with something resembling a spine, but Danes compensate for this by being one of the leading countries in the Western world in opposing Islamization.

Part 5 will appear tomorrow (October 31, 2008).

Has Iran Already Tested a Nuke?

An Israeli report indicates that Iran has already tested a nuclear bomb successfully, and has missiles ready to deliver it to its intended destination. I have no idea whether this story is accurate — the military experts among our readers may want to venture an opinion — but here it is, anyway.

According to Israel National News:

Iranian Nuke Scientist: Weekend Quake Was a Nuclear Test

A weekend 5.0 Richter earthquake in Iran was actually a nuclear bomb test, says an Iranian nuclear scientist claiming to be working on the project.

The report is an Israel Insider exclusive.

This past Saturday night, southern Iran experienced what was reported as a significant earthquake — a seismic event measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale. Its epicenter was just north of the strategic Straits of Hormuz, which separates Iran from Abu Dhabi and Oman and which is the gateway to the Persian Gulf.

The report quotes an Iranian nuclear scientist who claims to be working in uranium enrichment for the project, and who said that the “quake” was actually an underground nuclear bomb test.

Israel Insider adds that the test/quake was actually the second in a series. Nine days ago, a 4.8 Richter scale event occurred, with its epicenter only five kilometers away from the weekend tremor.

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The Israel Insider source reports that two nuclear rockets are currently ready — and are intended for use against Israel in the coming months.

If the report is correct, it would belie previous speculation that Iran would not begin nuclear testing until it had more nuclear-bomb production capability.

The geographical location of the test has several advantages. It is exposed to significant seismic activity, which could serve to mask nuclear tests; it is believed to be close to Iran’s nuclear development facility; delivery and transport of material and personnel can be effected easily through the Hormuz Strait; and Iranian enemies would hesitate to bomb the area because that would threaten the flow of a substantial percentage of the world’s oil…

Hat tip: Rolf Krake.

What Makes Denmark Different?

A while back I asked our Danish correspondent TB a question, and he’s been pondering the matter since then. Now he has finally delivered his answer:

Europe-DenmarkI remember that you once asked me what made the Danes different in this current battle against the Islamic ideology. I have been wondering about it ever since. One could (as has been done before), when comparing Denmark to many of our neighbors, find lots of possible reasons for it.

We have great debaters like Lars Hedegaard, Helle Merete Brix, Flemming Rose, Ralf Pittelkow, Farshad Kholgi and many more. We have some great blogs like Snaphanen, Uriasposten and Hodja’s Blog. Relatively recently the Danes experienced the threat from totalitarian ideologies like Communism and Nazism. During WW2 we were blessed with some brave soldiers like Anders Lassen, and heroic freedom fighters like Bent Faurschou-Hviid (The Torch) and Jørgen Schmith (The Lemon), and others.

But most countries have their heroes and their intellectuals who dominate the mental heritage and ongoing debate about what is going on in society. So what is the explanation for Denmark’s current and unexpected lead in today’s fight?

Besides the Motoon affair which opened the eyes of the broader population (whether they want to admit it or not), one of the most important thing is that the critics of Islam are well represented in Parliament. We have brave politicians who are not afraid to call things for what they are. Here I could mention Pia Kjærsgaard, Karen Jespersen, Søren Espersen, Søren Krarup, Jesper Langballe, Naser Khader, Morten Messerschmidt and others. These people are now supported by many voters and their presence in Parliament is crucial if we want to keep any kind of hope to get out of this misery alive.

So the question is: How did they manage to get into Parliament? I mean, if you look at Sweden, for example, you will not find a single Islam-critical voice in the Riksdagen. No single voice in the Swedish parliament is raising any kind of criticism against the way the government is ruling their country. Leading them directly into Dante’s Inferno. And if anybody as much as tries to do it they will be out of a job and social recognition immediately.

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So again: how did Islam-critical politicians manage to get into the Danish parliament in such massive numbers? It is not difficult to understand how Karen Jespersen and Naser Khader became MP’s. Both are very likeable persons. And both have never been associated with DPP [Danish People’s Party, Dansk Folkeparti].

But what about the rest and most important bunch? The group of people who comprised the outcasts, saying all the despicable things that “good people” just don’t say. The group of people who have done all the hard work and thereby constituted a windbreak for all the others. How did they get in?

In my opinion there is only one person that we can thank for this. This person died recently and he was indeed controversial. He was a fool and an intellectual giant at the same time. His name was Mogens Glistrup and he led his party, Fremskridtspartiet, into Parliament back in the 1970s by, among other things, comparing tax evaders to the freedom fighters from WW2. He received 16% of the vote in his first election and made history.

Later he went to prison for tax evasion and his party started to disintegrate. But when Glistrup was released he started warning against the immigration of Muslims because of the new liberal laws. He knew what Islam was all about.

Of course he was accused of racism but he did not give a damn. I remember him from TV answering his wife, who in a documentary told him that his way of expressing himself was probably not the best, with the words: “It is not my assignment to say things that sound good. My mission is to warn the Danes. The Danes need to wake up.”

The rest of Glistrup’s political life was a disaster but his heritage is not. He prepared the ground for the DPP and thereby for a lot of tough people. Pia Kjærsgaard took over power when he went to prison and later renamed the party the Danish Peoples Party.

For more information about Mogens Glistrup and related matters, TB sent a couple of links for material he didn’t have time to translate.

First, an op-ed Glistrup wrote in 1991.

Secondly, an article by Søren Krarup entitled “King and People — and the Constitution” from yesterday’s Jyllands-Posten.

A Report from Bart Debie

I just received the following email from Bart Debie, the member of Vlaams Belang who was recently convicted of “racism” and briefly incarcerated. He gave me permission to post his account, so here’s the story in his own words:

Thank you so much for your support, articles, and email.

Yesterday I went to the “Vorst” prison at about 9:00am. When I arrived I immediately discovered that hardly anyone spoke any Dutch. French was clearly the language to know.

After I handed over my gevangenisbriefje — that is the official name, and means roughly “little prison letter”— I had to translate the reason for my conviction into the French language myself, as the clerk was not able to understand Dutch. Can you imagine this? An official letter from the Ministry of Justice and I have to translate it myself!

As I’m not all that familiar with the French judicial terminology, I had a problem. Luckily a police officer was bringing in another client who could do the translation for me; if not, I would have had to wait till the change of shift when a Dutch-speaking person could “enroll” me!

After that they locked me up in a small prison cell. I think it was about two by three meters [six by ten feet]. There was no window, it had an open toilet (which was disgusting), and it was very warm in there.

I was allowed to keep my book I brought with me — I am reading an interesting book about the relationship between crime and the media. After a few minutes the prison guard — a Belgian man who clearly had Moroccan roots — saw that I was reading and he switched of the lights. There I was, sitting for more than three hours in the total dark. I banged on the door two times but nobody came.

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After these three hours the lights went on and they put a Moroccan man in the cell with me. He told me he was convicted for beating up female police officers. That was a very nice roommate for a former police superintendent! Anyway, he was not aggressive at all although he knew perfectly well who I was. He told me that he couldn’t live without his Hashish, and showed me how he taped a piece of hashish under his left foot. I then saw how easy it is to smuggle drugs into a Belgian prison.

An hour later they put a second Moroccan man into my prison cell. He was arrested during an armed robbery. He spoke hardly a word.

Shortly after that they put a third man in the small cell. We were now four inmates in that small room! The last one was a fifty-year-old man from Kosovo, who lives near Brussels in a town called Asse. He was arrested with an international restraining order from Italy. He was wanted for cocaine smuggling, human trafficking, and prostitution.

All the inmates had been incarcerated several times before in that prison, and they told me they were surprised to see the name “Bart Debie” on the billboard just outside the prison cell. “Normally we only see Mohammed or Rachid or something like that”, they told me.

At about 6:30pm I was released from prison. I was sitting in that very small smelly cell for more than eight hours. Now I am a free man, but soon I will get a visit from an assistant of the Belgian justice department who will provide me with a form of electronic house-arrest. It isn’t over yet, but at least I am out of that horrible place where human rights are just a joke.

Kind regards,
Bart Debie

Pro-Köln: Too Hot for the Post Office

Do you remember last year when the Swedish Post office refused to deliver the party newspaper of Sverigedemokraterna, Sweden’s right-wing “racist” (i.e. anti-immigration) political party?

Well, the same thing seems to be happening in Germany. The German postal carrier, Deutsche Post, has refused to deliver mail to the anti-Islamization group Pro-Köln.

And it’s not just the post office: the ban on Pro-Köln cuts across a number of institutions in both the private and public sectors. KGS at Tundra Tabloids has translated a Finnish-language news report:

According to a YLE radio broadcast, I have yet to find a link to it online, the Finnish state TV and Radio YLE reports:

YLE: “The German postal carrier has refused to deliver the mail of what is considered to be a nationalist far right-wing group. The incident has awakened debate about the borders for the freedom of expression and the postal department’s choice to deliver based on the content of the sender’s mail.

“Their hotel reservations and convention halls are canceled, restaurants refuse to wait on them, taxis drive on by and right now the German postal service refuse to deliver their magazines. There is no end to what the Germans think about the far Right-wing party and those who are known who run it. The latest round was achieved in Köln, when the post refused to deliver Pro-Köln magazines to five elected members of the city hall.

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“The reason given was that the contents of the mail were, according to Deutsche Post, anti-Islamic and insulting of the mayor of Köln. Pro-Köln, which is labeled as ‘far Right-wing’ are well known to be sharply against the building of the Great Mosque in Köln, and the Christian Democrat mayor as a great supporter of it.

“The incident has created a lively discussion of the right of the Postal service to deliver or not to deliver according to the political content. Many are asking about the ramifications, such as whether telecommunications will cut off the phone service if the conversations do not conform to their view of the world. There have been many different kinds of boycotts taken against far Right-wing groups in Germany.”

Read the rest at Tundra Tabloids.