Archive for April, 2011

State Department Regs Guarantee Loss of 120,000 American Jobs

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

By David North, CIS.org

I suppose it is progress when one of the State Department’s alien worker programs decides that foreign college students can no longer be used as rickshaw operators, or in their words: “as pedicab or rolling chair drivers”.

It certainly is a refreshing bit of transparency when the department admits that its Summer Work Travel program had sometimes been used to staff “money laundering, money mule schemes and Medicare fraud”, though no details are provided.

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Islam’s Christian Scapegoats

Friday, April 29th, 2011

by Raymond Ibrahim*

After mentioning the sort of atrocities Christians in Pakistan suffer — including being killed by “blasphemy” laws, constantly “abused in public and harassed in the street by groups of Muslim youths,” ostracized and impoverished by the government — a recent Fox News report reminds us that Christian persecution is further exacerbated by anti-Americanism:

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Fund the Truth About Islam or Lose the War of Ideas

Friday, April 29th, 2011

by Phyllis Chesler

One cannot tell the truth or venture one’s opinion about Islam or about Muslim behaviors without risking being slandered, heckled, censored, sued, impoverished, physically attacked, and, more rarely, murdered.

And that’s for those of us lucky enough to be living in the free West. What happens to dissident and feminist thinkers and writers in Muslim-majority countries is far worse; their bravery continues to inspire me at a very dark moment in history.

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Your tax dollars funding UNRWA Holocaust denial?

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

The UNRWA Workers Union, whose members are paid with U.S. tax dollars, are “‘adamantly opposed’ to Holocaust education that will ‘confuse the thinking’ of [Palestinian] children.” Isn’t that special. According to Palestinian Media Watch (PMW):

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Anti-Israel Jewish Studies

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

by Cinnamon Stillwell and Judith Greblya*

The field of Middle East studies is notorious for producing apologias for radical Islam, particularly where anti-Israel and, at times, anti-Semitic sentiment is concerned.

These same tendencies are also increasingly common in an unexpected sector of university life: Jewish studies. An open letter dated March 3, 2011, and signed by 30 University of California Jewish studies faculty members, is a case in point.

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Torturing the Truth at Duke Divinity

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

by Jay Schalin*

Should we automatically accept — at face value — Duke University’s first Muslim chaplain, Abdullah Antepli, as part of an emerging loyal, moderate American Islam, simply because he insists that we do so?

Perhaps not, when all his words and associations are taken into account. He seems eager to join hands with others — Muslim, Christian, and secular — who express animosity toward this country and Western societies in general. And at one recent event, he attacked the citizens of his adopted country for their failure to blindly assume Muslim immigrants mean them well.

“Being a Muslim in the United States is another form of torture, a psychological torture, an emotional torture, and it’s just getting worse,” he declared at the “Toward a Moral Consensus against Torture” conference at Duke University on March 25-26. The conference attracted approximately 100 left-wing academics, theologians, and members of the local activist community for some old-fashioned America-bashing.

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Understanding Post-Mubarak Egypt

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

by Daniel Pipes*

As Egypt lurches into a new era, a look at its complexities and subtleties helps to understand the country’s likely course. Some thoughts on key issues:

The spirit of Tahrir Square is real and alive but exceedingly remote from the halls of power. Revolutionary ideas – that government should serve the people, not the reverse; that rulers should be chosen by the people; and that individuals have inherent dignity and rights – have finally penetrated a substantial portion of the country, and especially the young. In the long term, these ideas can work wonders. But for now, they are dissident ideas, firmly excluded from any operational role.

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NGO Attempts to Demonize and Isolate Israel

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

A briefing by Gerald Steinberg*

Gerald Steinberg, president of NGO Monitor and a professor at the Political Studies Department at Bar Ilan University, has emerged as the leading critic of the NGO assault on Israel. On March 14, he addressed the Middle East Forum in New York on the international community’s growing attempts to demonize and isolate Israel.

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‘Litigating Palestine’ at a Public-supported Law School

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

by Stephen Schwartz*

The University of California’s Hastings College of the Law recently demonstrated its utility in the “lawfare” offensive against Israel by hosting a conference on March 25-26, 2011, titled, “Litigating Palestine: Can Courts Secure Palestinian Rights?” The event drew about 75 law students, faculty members, and pro-Arab activists. Police were present at the entrances to the building, as well as at the door of a second room where the proceedings were visible on video, and a large sign warned that disruptive individuals would be excluded.

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Insecuring the Border

Monday, April 25th, 2011

By Jerry Kammer, CIS.org

Fox News recently made an exclusive report confirming that Border Patrol and Homeland Security officials are manipulating apprehension figures.

That is, border security agencies are forcing Border Patrol officers not to apprehend aliens attempting to cross the Mexican border illegally. You read that right: Let them go, never touch them.

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Pentagon Seeks Death Penalty for USS Cole Bomber

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

By Fern Sidman

In a surprise announcement on Wednesday, April 20th, Pentagon prosecutors declared their intention to re-file war crimes charges against the mastermind of the deadly attack on the USS Cole (an American warship) in the Port of Aden, Yemen on October 12, 2000. 17 US sailors were killed and 40 other US service personnel were wounded when a small vessel, laden with explosives and manned with suicide bombers rammed into the American Navy warship on that fateful day. The announcement included the original request of the military prosecution for an imposition of the death penalty on self-admitted Cole bomber, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, 46, the former al-Qaeda chief of operations for the Arabian Peninsula. Al-Nashiri hails from Saudi Arabia and is of Yemeni descent.

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Were Conquered Christians Really Liberated Muslims? The Wild Lies that Pass for ‘Truth’ in the Muslim World

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

by Raymond Ibrahim*

Imagine if a top American historian appeared on the MSM insisting that the only reason Europeans conquered the Americas was to “defend” the Native Americans — who somehow had adopted Christianity centuries before Jesus was born — from being persecuted by heathen tribes.

While that would create a maelstrom of outrage and derision in the West, in the Arab world — where some think bewitched animals work as infidel operatives — such absurdities regularly pass for “truth.”

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Video evidence of Iraqi army massacring Iranian civilian refugees in Camp Ashraf April 8, 2011

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Please see the article asking, “Why would Iraq’s Prime Minister Al-Maliki order a heavy assault on 3400 unarmed, defenseless Iranian dissidents in a refugee settlement northeast of Baghdad?,” before/after watching the following video:

Iraqi army massacring Iranian civilian refugees in Camp Ashraf

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Honor Killings, Jew-Hatred & UN Think: An Open Letter to Hina Jilani

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

by Phyllis Chesler

Hina Jilani is a Pakistani women’s rights activist, an advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, a  former U.N. Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Human Rights Defenders, and a co-author of the Goldstone Report.

Dear Hina Jilani:

Greetings! I am familiar with and an admirer of your work as a Pakistani feminist and human rights lawyer, one who has gone on record opposing both honor killing and rape and the inadequate legislation against such crimes in Pakistan.

In 1999, you handled one very high profile honor killing case, that of a Pakistani woman, Samia Imran (aka Samia Sarwar), whose physician mother and politically powerful father arranged that she be shot to death in your office because she dared to seek a divorce from a dangerously violent Pakistani husband. I wrote about this case in 2004-2005 and have written about it again any number of times since then.

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Deconstructing the New York Times

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

By Jerry Kammer, CIS.org

When I read last Sunday’s New York Times cover piece on pioneering and polemical immigration restrictionist John Tanton, I thought immediately of John Higham, the eminent historian and author of the classic study of nativism, Strangers in the Land.

Higham, who died in 2003, had long observed writers like Jason DeParle, who wrote the Times’ piece. In his case, they were fellow liberal academics, historians and social scientists, who had what Higham called “a tendency to fix upon ideology as the critical factor in many a social problem, in the perhaps tenuous hope that the problem will yield to a reasonable solution once the ideological magic is exorcised.”

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