Archive for October, 2009

World Crises in Retrospect

Friday, October 30th, 2009

By R. A. Sprinkle

What follows was first posted in 2006. It remains applicable to the current crises, if not more so. There have been some grammatical corrections and editing for clarity, but the content is essentially consistent with the original.

I believe we are living in an age [2006] of transition when the world as we know it today will see a radical change. This global transition is brought on by modernization and globalization combined with the unification and consolidation of powers. Unfortunately, although knowledge has been built upon from generation to generation, giving mankind more power than in any time in history, at the same time, mankind is reverting back morally, and tribal impulses are becoming the guiding force. These primitive impulses, although cloaked in sophistication and newly acquired knowledge, inspire ideologies that are eroding the foundation of our rights and freedoms. They also devalue individual rights and promote forced collectivism (fascism, communism, socialism, and almost all other “-isms”).

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The Unfinished War

Friday, October 30th, 2009

By Jonathan Spyer

The explosion in the south Lebanese village of Tayr Felseir offers the latest evidence of the way in which Hizbullah is rebuilding its infrastructure following the Second Lebanon War in 2006. In the pre-2006 period, Hizbullah maintained its military infrastructure in open countryside areas often declared off-limits to all but the movement’s personnel. The rebuilt infrastructure, by contrast, has been constructed within the fabric of civilian life in south Lebanon. This process has taken place largely undisturbed by the Lebanese and UN military personnel conspicuously deployed throughout the south.

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Turkey: An Ally No More

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

by Daniel Pipes*

“There is no doubt he is our friend,” Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, says of Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, even as he accuses Israel’s foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman of threatening to use nuclear weapons against Gaza. These outrageous assertions point to the profound change of orientation by Turkey’s government, for six decades the West’s closest Muslim ally, since Erdoğan’s AK party came to power in 2002.

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Iranian Negotiations: Ploy of the Week or Deal of the Century?

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

By Barry Rubin

There are widespread reports about an imminent deal with Iran regarding its nuclear program. Here’s how the New York Times optimistically presents the proposal:

“Iranian negotiators have agreed to a draft deal that would delay the country’s ability to build a nuclear weapon for about a year, buying more time for President Obama to search for a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear standoff.”

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Spinning Out Of Control: Honor Killings and Media Bias

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

By Phyllis Chesler

We are entering an all-spin zone, a wild, weird and spooky season and I am not talking about Halloween.

With a few exceptions, the mainstream media continue to kill stories about honor killings and attempted honor killings in North America. How often did you read stories about the honor killings that took place in Toronto (2007), Dallas (2008), Atlanta (2008), Oak Forest, Illinois (2008), Alexandria (2008), Buffalo (2009), and Kingston, Canada (2009) — on and on, until the most recent attempted honor killing in Phoenix? Continue reading…

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The 287(g) Program: Protecting Home Towns and Homeland

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

WASHINGTON (October 27, 2009) — The 287(g) program was created by Congress in 1996 to enhance cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities. The Obama administration has imposed new rules for the 287(g) program that unduly constrain the local partners and could allow more alien scofflaws identified by local agencies to remain here. But even with these changes, based on unsubstantiated criticism from ethnic and civil liberties groups, the 287(g) program remains an effective tool in immigration law enforcement and local crime-fighting.

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The New World Order: US Ceding Sovereignty?

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

By R. A. Sprinkle

This YouTube video records the presentation Lord Christopher Monckton gave in St. Paul, MN on October the 14th of this year. At the time of this blog post 12 days later, it had been viewed over 1,100,000 times. The subject of his speech was global warming and the United Nations Climate Change Treaty which is scheduled to be signed in Copenhagen in early December of this year. The seriousness of the threat of this treaty cannot be understated. It effectively creates a global government, supposedly preempting the U.S. Constitution by making US sovereignty subject to international law.

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Middle East: Things Look Catastrophic But It Will Work Out – Why I’m Optimistic

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

By Barry Rubin

Every day dreadful things happen in the Middle East and in the echoes of that region–diplomacy, news coverage–in the West. Yet things are by no means as bad as they seem. Precisely because a lot of what happens simply doesn’t reflect reality, ultimately the material effect is minimized.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing,” warned Edmund Burke. But even when those who should be the defenders of liberty spend their time coddling and apologizing to evil, that still doesn’t mean it’s home free.

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The Bugs Are Burning [Book Review]

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

The Role of Eastern Europeans in the Exploitation, Subjugation and Murder of Their Jewish Neighbors During the Holocaust

BY: Dr. Sheldon Hersh and Dr. Robert Wolf
Devora Publishing
Release Date: June 2009
ISBN: 978-1934440391
135 pages

Reviewed by: Fern Sidman

In this meticulously documented treatise of centuries old European anti-Semitism, “The Bugs Are Burning” authors Drs. Sheldon Hersh and Robert Wolf graphically depict the hellacious barbarism and heinous atrocities committed against the Jewish people before, during and after the Holocaust by those they believed to be their close neighbors and friends throughout the length and breadth of Eastern Europe.

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Home Grown Terrorism in America: Connecting the Dots

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

By Phyllis Chesler

The New York Times does not tell us whether Tareq Mehanna, the 27 year old Massachusetts pharmacist who was just arrested on federal terrorism charges is, or even might be a Muslim. In their pages, telling this particular truth is still verboten, politically incorrect, rude, racist, a cheap shot, even “Islamophobic.”

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Does Sharia Law Promote Women’s Rights?

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

by Cinnamon Stillwell*

In thinking about women’s rights, sharia law, or Islamic law, doesn’t typically come to mind.

Yet, according to a survey conducted by Dalia Mogahed, executive director and senior analyst of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies and appointee to President Obama’s Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, the two are closely intertwined. Her survey alleges that a majority of Muslim women believe sharia law should either be the primary source or one source of legislation in their countries, while viewing Western personal freedoms as harmful to women.

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Analysis: Trip by Saudi Royal Unlikely to Herald Radical Change

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

By Jonathan Spyer

The Syrian Al-Watan newspaper reported on Wednesday that a two-day visit by Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz was due to begin that day. The talks, Al-Watan noted, would conclude with the signing of a joint agreement on the issue of taxes.

This is what is known as setting a low bar for success. The editors of Al-Watan have good reason for their caution. Despite the great importance being attached by some regional analysts to the Saudi-Syria talks, they are unlikely to herald a fundamental shift in regional diplomacy.

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CAIR And The Muslim Mafia

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

By Andrew Whitehead

A group of investigative reporters have opened the proverbial can of worms for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). The investigative team, organized by Dave Gaubatz and including his son, Chris, and a small band of researchers infiltrated CAIR’s national headquarters for six months and spirited away over 12,000 documents and 300 hours of video that has been compiled into a book that clearly demonstrates CAIR’s plan to cripple and destroy the constitution of the United States from within.

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Juan Cole Between Madison and the Mullahs

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

by Jonathan Schanzer*

Juan Cole, the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan, produces a steady stream of writings that downplays the threat radical Islam poses to America and the West. His opinions are at odds with the beliefs of most Americans. Now, through a project designed to foster an understanding of America in the Arab world, he appears to be at odds with himself.

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Killing Jews in Oregon, Embracing Terrorists Off-Broadway

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

By Phyllis Chesler

When the same kind of politics or world-view invades a small off-Broadway theatre group and a small Oregon student newspaper, I really get worried. Can Big Brother be far behind?

Last week, the student editors of Reed College’s Pamphlette responded to an incident of anti-Semitic graffiti in the library bathroom at a nearby college (Lewis and Clark) by publishing a “fake article” that said Lewis and Clark “students had killed all the Jews in their school.”

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