Archive for the 'Education' Category

Fighting the age of irrationality

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

By Gary Gerofsky

There are many examples today of irrational behaviour on a grand scale. Those of us not engaged in this mass irrationality feel very alone in the world — especially after Obama was handily elected to a second term as U.S. president. People no longer act in their own best interests or the interests of their friends and family — they seem to be acting in the best interests of other groups; groups identified by the mainstream media (MSM) as underdogs, regardless of the fact that these so-called “underdogs” want to transform us into miserable slaves of some totalitarian religion or crazy political belief system.


Is Jew-Hatred Alive and Well?

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

An interview with Gloria Greenfield, producer of “Unmasked: Judeophobia

By Fern Sidman

For those who have ever pondered the eternal question of why Jew-hatred has reared its ugly head in every generation since time immemorial, filmmaker Gloria Greenfield of Doc Emet Productions enlightens and informs audiences in her riveting, new documentary entitled, Unmasked: Judeophobia. Meticulously researched and brilliantly presented, the film examines the alarming escalation of anti-Jewish animus through the lens of renowned historians, prolific authors, and respected voices in the arena of international law.

Covering this egregious phenomenon from key angles, Ms. Greenfield travels the globe as she assiduously seeks to explore historical Christian and contemporary Islamist polemics against Jews. Moreover, such timely and hot-button topics as the proliferation of anti-Israel bias in academia and cultural institutions, misinformation campaigns, and state-sanctioned calls for the destruction of the Jewish state and the genocide of Jews are treated with the gravitas that they deserve. The film is a clarion call to action and a grim reminder that anti-Semitism is not exclusively a nemesis to Jews, but to the human condition as well.


Looking at Tunisia

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi*

A country noteworthy in the region for the establishment of a thoroughly liberal education system under Habib Bourghuiba, Tunisia has often been held up as a cause for optimism in the Arab Spring. Even as it was apparent that the Islamist an-Nahda was gaining ground in the run-up to the elections for the Constituent Assembly, analysts were predicting that the party would gain only 20% of the seats. In fact, an-Nahda took 40% of them, and so as the party holding the plurality, its members were given the opportunity to take the leading role in government. Hence the current prime minister is the Islamist Hamadi Jebali. On the other hand, President Moncef Marzouki is clearly a secularist.


Scholarships Just for Illegal Immigrants

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

By David Seminara,

Here’s yet another, only-in-America news item: Hampshire College announced the creation of a scholarship fund this week specifically for illegal immigrants. The fund will reportedly provide $25,000 toward Hampshire’s $43,000 annual tuition. At least three states — Texas, California, and New Mexico — provide in-state tuition discounts for illegal immigrants, and UCLA and Cal-Berkeley also have scholarship funds for illegal immigrants.

I have no problem with illegal immigrants who were brought here by their parents as children and have grown up here attending college in the United States, but the idea of creating scholarship funds solely for families that broke the law is absurd. People who have no legal right to live in the country should not be entitled to a special scholarship that others can’t even apply for. How would you even vet the applications?


Jews/Israel find a friend in China

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

… Surely one of the most interesting sites of the new Jewish studies — and one of the most promising in terms of growth — is China.

Jewish studies in China? Yes, there is a burgeoning Jewish studies presence in the most populous country in the world. …

-, August 15, 2012

Unusual? Surprising? No, when one considers the many commonalities between Jews and Chinese. Both cultures value education, hard work, strong national identities, entrepreneurship, innovation… One shouldn’t leap to conclusions, assuming Jewish studies in China makes the People’s Republic an Israeli ally, e.g., given China’s gluttonous trade with Iran, but perhaps we’re seeing a glimmer of hope. Zhao Jun has stated, “I am China’s ambassador in Israel. I love Israel… We are brothers, almost twins. We admire you for creating miracles for 62 years.” Also note that, “the greatest success in China and Israel’s relations is the trade ties. In the past 18 years, trade relations have been extended and have grown from $42 million to $6 billion.” Food for thought from the Jewish Journal:


Egypt’s Sixty Years of Misery

Monday, August 6th, 2012

by Daniel Pipes*

This week marks 60 years since Egypt’s self-proclaimed Free Officers overthrew the constitutional monarchy of King Farouq – and the first anniversary when one can imagine the demise of the military despotism that so long has wounded the country. Sadly, its most likely replacement will bring on an even worse rule.


Canadian Islamic schools teaching hatred

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

By Gary Gerofsky

As a member of The Never Again Group, as a former teacher and as a proud citizen of Canada I am appalled by the intolerance, hate, and incitement going on in Toronto’s East End Madrassah and in other Islamic “schools” and mosques throughout Canada.


Islam’s Cartoon Missionaries

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

by Daniel Pipes*

Comic books as a method of missionizing for Islam (da’wa)?

Yes. One year ago, Harvard University hosted a workshop to teach comic book artists how to address Americans’ “unease with Islam and the Middle East.” And later this week, Georgetown University will air a PBS documentary, Wham! Bam! Islam! celebrating a comic book called The 99.


NBC, Sharpton, Jackson, Obama, Holder, Lee, et al, stoke racist flames

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

“This is what you deserve. You get what you deserve, white boy.” This is what two Kansas City black teens told a younger white child. The black kids poured gasoline on the white kid and set him on fire a month ago (see here also). Did you even know this happened? Do you remember the 2007, big “Jena 6″ lie in which six black teens beat up a white kid in Jena, Louisiana, and Al Sharpton hailed it as “the start of the 21st century civil rights movement.” The white teen who was assaulted in 2006 had nothing to do with the hoo-ha. Some 18,000 “protesters” swarmed Jena demanding that the black teens, the so-called “Jena 6,” be released from custody — for beating up an innocent bystander. Now we have the story of the death of Trayvon Martin, edited by NBC to sound like a racist crime, but which is in fact just an incident report. Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, and Spike Lee are unethically throwing gasoline on a fire — incident — that no one knows who ignited. Again we have political correctness gone mad. Basically, blood libel.

NBC sprayed race-card gasoline when it creatively edited the transcripts of the 911 call regarding the death of Trayvon Martin (see here also):


Muslim Persecution of Christians: February, 2012

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

by Raymond Ibrahim*

Half of Iraq’s indigenous Christians are gone due to the unleashed forces of jihad, many of them fleeing to nearby Syria; yet, as the Assad regime comes under attack by al-Qaeda and others, the jihad now seeps into Syria, where Christians are experiencing a level of persecution unprecedented in the nation’s modern history. Likewise, some 100,000 Christian Copts have fled their native Egypt since the overthrow of the Mubarak regime; and in northern regions of Nigeria, where the jihadi group Boko Haram has been slaughtering Christians, up to 95 % of the Christian population has fled.


The Historical Reality of the Muslim Conquests

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

by Raymond Ibrahim*

Because it is now almost axiomatic for American school textbooks to whitewash all things Islamic (see here for example), it may be instructive to examine one of those aspects that are regularly distorted: the Muslim conquests.

Few events of history are so well documented and attested to as are these conquests, which commenced soon after the death of the Muslim prophet Muhammad (632) and tapered off circa 750. Large swathes of the Old World—from the India in the east, to Spain in the west—were conquered and consolidated by the sword of Islam during this time, with more after (e.g., the Ottoman conquests).


How to defeat Islamism

Monday, November 21st, 2011

By Gary Gerofsky

The only non-military response to Islamism and the creeping sharia (Islamic law) that is infecting the world is through strength and activism against this scourge and against those in power who are facilitating Islamist expansion. The generations that went before us defeated communism and fascism, and now we must step up to the plate to defeat Islamism. This task is made seriously difficult because we have a Muslim supporter in the White House and weak, ignorant, misinformed leaders married to multiculturalism, wishful thinking, and leftism that is intent on appeasing Islamists in all but a few places (For political reasons related to 9/11, Al Qaeda seems to be the only real Islamist concern for the Obama administration.) Our Western countries have become divided states, one part for the radicals and one for the majority of citizenry — and, by virtue of our free and fair society, they are both afforded the same rights. The new world order has its new world leader with Obama encouraging dissent and self-loathing among his own countrymen while boosting the political fortunes of Muslim Brotherhood forces who want us dead and who live by their belief in intolerance and a world ruled by Islamic edicts.


“The struggle of the settlers is our struggle,” says AFSI’s Helen Freedman

Friday, November 4th, 2011

By Fern Sidman

Speaking before an overflow audience at the Kingsway Jewish Center in Brooklyn on Tuesday evening November 1st, Helen Freedman, the executive director of Americans For A Safe Israel (AFSI) told those gathered at the Zionism Museum and Education Center that, “the current political climate in Israel demands our active concern and our concrete participation. As the government of Israel acquiesces to world pressure and maintains a timorous posture towards the Arabs, as UNESCO sanitizes the Palestinian Authority, we are witnessing an all out assault against the intrepid settler movement.”


Other Nations Have ‘Value-Added’ Immigration Policies – the U.S. Doesn’t

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

By David North,

Other English-speaking nations have “value-added,” “evidence-based” immigration policies, but the U.S., to its detriment, does not.

That is the chilling, central message of Value Added Immigration: Lessons for the United States from Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom, a new book by former U.S. Secretary of Labor Ray Marshall, which was unveiled at a seminar in Washington yesterday, hosted by the Economic Policy Institute, a think tank and the publisher of the book.


Occupation is pure anger without taking responsibility

Monday, October 17th, 2011

By Gary Gerofsky

I nearly burst out laughing when I heard a Canadian “occupier” say that this occupation movement started in the Middle East and spread from there to Wall Street and on to Toronto. It struck me humorous on many levels, but frightening as well, starting with the fact that the Left formerly regarded “occupation” as a bad thing but now they have adopted the concept and look upon it as the right of the “99 percenters” to protest over the fact that they cannot live like a Bill Gates, Warren Buffet or the King of Saudi Arabia. Union leaders like Sid Ryan, a big supporter of the occupiers, should also be (but are not) placed in the greedy column by the mobs. Leftists seem to be immune from their own criticism. Occupation has been a derogatory term coined by leftists and Islamists to beat up on Israel and America and so I wonder why they chose to call themselves occupiers. They disingenuously strive to identify with the protestors in Egypt. The occupiers apparently do not take notice of the fact that the Muslim Brotherhood looks poised to take control of Egypt: Christians are being run down and killed in the streets by Islamists and the military; the Israeli embassy has been sacked; gas pipelines blown up; and peace agreements denounced. It is a country headed for disaster. Is this the model that the “occupiers” aspire to?